Mueller Looks at Whether Flynn Was Secretly Paid by Turkey

Mueller's team is investigating whether President Trump's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election

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.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Investigators probing President Donald Trump's team for possible connections to Russian Federation have asked the White House to hand over records for what is believed to be the first time, The New York Times said Friday (Saturday in Manila).

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.

Mr Mueller's investigators have recently requested records relating to Mr Flynn from the White House, though it is not a formal subpoena.

Flynn's business, Flynn Intel Group, worked with a Turkish-American businessman who paid the company $530,000 to "discredit an opponent of the Turkish government who has been accused of orchestrating last year's failed coup in the country".

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.

Flynn resigned from the Trump administration in February after reports surfaced he had misled senior White House officials about his past conversations with Kremlin officials.

The special counsel's office declined to comment on the Times' report.

"We've said before we're collaborating with the special counsel on an ongoing basis", he told the newspaper."It's full cooperation mode as far as we are concerned", he said, according to the report.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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