Mueller requests White House documents on Flynn

Aaron Brown
August 8, 2017

Investigators had also questioned witnesses over whether Flynn received secret payments from the Turkish government at the end of the 2016 presidential campaign-suggesting the probe's scope has widened to examine Flynn's financial dealings.

Investigators probing Donald Trump's alleged links to Russian Federation have asked the White House to hand over documents relating to his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to sources close to the inquiry.

Flynn's former lobbying firm, the Flynn Intel Group, was paid $530,000 to represent Ekim Alptekin, a Turkish businessman, during the final months of the USA presidential campaign, according to foreign agent registration paperwork filed with the Justice Department.

The New York Times, which first reported this development, said that though the documents were not sought through a subpoena, this was the first instance of records being sought from the White House. Mueller is attempting to determine whether the Turkish government was behind any of that money.

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The newspaper noted that it is the first known instance of the special counsel, which is probing ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, requesting documents from the White House.

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".

Flynn was President Donald Trump's national security adviser for just 24 days, but he has become one of the central figures in the investigation of possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign. 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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