Mueller has enough evidence to bring charges in Flynn investigation

NBC News is reporting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has gathered enough evidence to charge Michael Flynn and his son Michael G. Flynn
NBC News is reporting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has gathered enough evidence to charge Michael Flynn and his son Michael G. Flynn

06 November, 2017

He served as Trump's national security adviser for less than a month before being fired for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the then-Russian ambassador to the United States. Several sources told NBC News that the younger Flynn could be indicted at the same time, or separately from his father.

Mr Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates, were charged with 12 offences, including money laundering and conspiracy against the US.

On Oct. 27, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed the Trump administration viewed the Russian probe as "getting closer to conclusion" in an interview on Fox News' America's Newsroom. So far all those who have been charged were campaign officials.

FBI investigators are reported to have arranged interviews with multiple witnesses in the coming days with the aim of gathering further evidence against Mr Flynn.

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Flynn was paid $500,000 past year by the businessman, Ekim Alptekin, who is a member of a Turkish economic-relations board run by an appointee of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Shortly after Trump's inauguration, the F.B.I. was asked to reexamine Turkey's request that Pennsylvania resident Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric whom Erdogan blames for orchestrating a coup against him, be removed back to Turkey.

Flynn also failed to register as a foreign lobbyist when he received $530,000 for work that benefited the Turkish government, according to the Justice Department. Flynn's son had reportedly worked closely with his father at his lobbying firm, the Flynn Intel Group.

If the elder Flynn is willing to cooperate with investigators in order to help his son, two of the sources said, it could also change his own fate, potentially limiting any legal consequences. On that same day, it was announced foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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