Mueller Investigation Expands Focus to Probe Flynn's Finances

Katrina Barker
August 7, 2017

The New York Times report said investigators want to know if that money was paid on behalf of the Turkish government, and whether payments were made to the businessman to keep secret the source of said money.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian interference in last year's presidential election, has asked for documents on Michael Flynn, the president's former national security adviser.

They are said to have questioned witnesses about his dealings with Turkish-American lobbyist Ekim Alptekin, who paid his consulting firm Flynn Intel Group $530,000 during the USA election previous year.

"Though not a formal subpoena, the document request is the first known instance of Mr. Mueller's team asking the White House to hand over records", said the Times, which cited unnamed people close to the investigation for the report. His potential failure to register as a foreign agent could also carry a felony charge. The document request is one more sign Mueller's team is expanding its investigation beyond Russian Federation to the business dealings of Trump and his team.

Flynn resigned from the Trump administration in February after reports surfaced he had misled senior White House officials about his past conversations with Kremlin officials.

The lobbyist's spokeswoman Molly Toomey insisted they were refunds for unfulfilled work, telling the New York Times: "They were legal, ethical and above board".

Despite his mandate to look into allegations of President Donald Trump's collusion with Russian Federation, the counsel has lately been focusing on possible financial crimes of the president's team.

Bharara was sacked by President Trump in March, even though Bharara said Trump invited him, shortly after the November 2016 election, to stay on.

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