Mueller Obtains Evidence To Charge Flynn And His Son In Russia Probe: Report
In another development in the Russia scandal that has plagued the Trump administration, Special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained enough evidence to bring charges in the federal investigation into President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his son.
According to NBC News, Mueller’s team is in contact with various witnesses with knowledge of Flynn’s past lobbying work and are inquiring whether he laundered money and lied to federal investigators.
NBC also reported that the special counsel’s team is probing whether Flynn attempted to remove from the U.S. to Turkey a rival to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in exchange for large financial sums.
Flynn would be the first current or former Trump administration official to be charged by Mueller’s team, signaling the team is closing in on the White House. He could potentially be spared major legal consequences if he cooperates with investigators as a means of helping his son, according to the report.
Flynn’s son, Michael G. Flynn, is also under investigation and could be indicted at the same time as his father or at another time, according to the report.
The report that Mueller may be close to charging Flynn follows the indictments of Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates as part of the ongoing probe into Russia’s influence in the 2016 election as well as possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.
The news also follows the revelation that former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to FBI investigators about his contact with Russian actors during the campaign, and that he gave special counsel Mueller the names of four Trump officials who may now be under investigation.
Flynn left his White House post in February after he misled key administration officials about his previous contact with Russian officials.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the report.