Donald Trump-Russia investigators ask White House for documents about Michael Flynn

08 August, 2017, 00:14 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Mueller's team is investigating whether President Trump's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election

Special counsel Robert Mueller is questioning witnesses about whether former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn was secretly paid by the Turkish government during the final months of the 2016 presidential campaign, according to The New York Times.

Members of the team of the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller have asked for the first time at the White House to provide documents, said Friday the New York Times.

The document request was not a formal subpoena.

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.

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 United States election a year ago.

Flynn was sacked in February after lying about the nature of phone calls he had with the Russian ambassador in December.


Witnesses have been questioned about possible secret payments from the Turkish government to Flynn, according to the report.

But Mueller is reportedly looking into business dealings of Trump and his associates and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Mr Mueller was then appointed to look into whether the Kremlin had tried to meddle in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with them in doing so.

"The White House will not be discussing any specific communications with the Special Counsel out of respect for the Special Counsel and his process".

"It's full cooperation mode as far as we are concerned", he said.

Flynn declined to comment for the Times report, while Trump's special counsel Ty Cobb told the newspaper, "We've said before we're collaborating with the special counsel on an ongoing basis".

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