Mueller Team Asks White House for Documents on Flynn

Lucy Bush
August 8, 2017

Financial entanglements of former national security advisor became the focus of the ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election on Friday night.

Mueller's team, investigating whether President Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to influence last year's election, have questioned witnesses close to the former three-star general about Flynn's work with firms tied to the Turkish government, the New York Times reported.

The newspaper said the investigators had questioned witnesses about whether Flynn was secretly paid by the Turkish government during the campaign.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly questioning witnesses about whether Flynn's company, Flynn Intel Group, received secret payments from the Turkish government late in 2016.

According to the Times, Mueller's team has "asked the White House for documents" regarding Flynn's brief tenure there. And while the special prosecutor's request for documents from the White House didn't come in the form of a formal subpoena, it's "first known instance" of Mueller requesting any records whatsoever from the Trump administration.

Taking money from Turkey or any foreign government is not illegal.

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Such payments and the attempt to hide the source of the money could lead to criminal charges for Flynn, including fraud.

What it also indicated was that Mueller was not focussed only on Flynn's contacts with Russians or his lying about them but was at his financial dealings. Trump has publicly stated in the past that he believes Mueller should restrict his investigation on Russia's involvement in the election and not expand into his or his associates' finances.

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