Investigators working for U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia, have asked the White House for documents related to his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the New York Times is reporting. Alva French reports.
(Reuters, CBS) – U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia, is now requesting documents from the White House about former top aide Michael Flynn.
The New York Times is reporting that while not a formal subpoena, the documents request is the first time Mueller’s team has asked the White House to turn in documents related to Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser.
Mueller’s Investigators are said to be looking into whether there were secret payments to Flynn by the Turkish government last year.
While taking payments from a foreign government is not illegal, failing to register as a foreign agent is a felony. Hiding foreign payments could bring on criminal charges.
Flynn’s ouster in February came after he failed to disclose conversations with Former Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak and misled Vice President Mike Pence about those meetings.
Kislyak telling Russian media Saturday, that his meetings with Flynn had been ‘transparent’, saying there were ‘no secrets’ from Moscow.
Pres. Donald Trump, saying: “The Russia story is a total fabrication.’
Trump has repeatedly denied any allegations of collusion calling the investigation a witch hunt.