In another sign that the Russia investigation is now in high gear, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has reportedly asked the White House to hand over documents in relation to President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Mueller and his team are looking into whether Flynn, whose consulting group Flynn Intel Group had worked with a Turkish-American businessman, was secretly paid by the Turkish government during the final months of the presidential campaign, The New York Times reports.
As The Times notes, it’s the first known instance of the special counsel, which is probing ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, requesting documents from the White House.
It also shows that the special counsel probe has expanded into an examination of Flynn’s financial deals, beyond disclosures about his conversations and business arrangements with Russian officials, the Times reported.
On Thursday, Mueller impaneled a grand jury in Washington for the overarching Russia probe, a sign of the investigation entering a new phase.
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.