Special counsel Robert Mueller investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential elections has asked the White House for documents related to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, according to the New York Times.
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. The alleged payments were reportedly made in exchange for a campaign discrediting a cleric accused of orchestrating the military coup that threatened to overtake Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016.
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.
Investigators also want to determine whether Flynn paid a Turkish businessman to help hide the source of the payments, which amounted to $530,000. His potential failure to register as a foreign agent could also carry a felony charge.
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Mr Mueller's investigators have recently requested records relating to Mr Flynn from the White House, though it is not a formal subpoena.
Flynn resigned after less than one month in office for failing to fully disclose the details of his December communications with the Russian ambassador in Washington to White House officials.
While Mr Mueller steps up his investigation, Donald Trump has again angrily denied that his campaign team colluded with the Kremlin. 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.