General Michael Flynn testifies before the House Intelligence Committee in Washington February 4, 2014.
Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing the 2016 US election, asked the White House for records on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, US media reported Friday. 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.
The newspaper said the investigators had questioned witnesses about whether Flynn was secretly paid by the Turkish government during the campaign.
Witnesses interviewed by Mr Mueller's team claim two $40,000 payments from Flynn Intel Group to Inovo are being investigated as suspected bribes to Mr Alptekin.
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) - White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says President Donald Trump is "not discussing" firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
U.S. media has reported that Mueller is also said to be investigating Trump's financial records unrelated to Russian Federation or the election. Clarification: This story was updated to reflect that The New York Times reported Mueller's investigators asked the White House for documents related to Flynn and that CNN previously reported the investigators have focused on Flynn's lobbying work for the Turkish government.
Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, took over the Russian Federation probe after Trump fired his own Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, in May. Mueller is attempting to determine whether the Turkish government was behind any of that money. But failing to register as a foreign agent is a felony, and trying to hide the source of the money by routing it through a private company or some other entity, and then paying kickbacks to the middleman, could lead to numerous criminal charges, including fraud. He is also looking at whether Trump committed obstruction of justice by asking Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn.