Washington- US federal investigators are examining whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn was secretly paid by the Turkish government to lobby, according to a report from The New York Times published on Friday.
The investigators of special prosecutor Robert Mueller - probing US President Donald Trump's team for possible connections to Russian Federation - are reported to be looking into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with the Turkish government during the final stages of the 2016 presidential campaign, and whether he secretly accepted payments from it. 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.
Although the request is not a subpoena, this is the first time the White House has been directly asked to transfer documents to the Mueller's investigation team.
He told the Justice Department about the deal and retroactively registered as a foreign agent in March this year, one month after he was forced out of the White House for lying about his contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before President Trump's inauguration.
Vice President congratulates the Vice President-elect, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu
He has also represented Rajasthan in the Upper House before being nominated for the prestigious post of Vice-President by the NDA. It was his tactical mind and national image that got him the National President position of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2002.
Mr. Flynn is at the centre of suspicions about a possible involvement of Russian.
The lobbyist's spokeswoman Molly Toomey insisted they were refunds for unfulfilled work, telling the New York Times: "They were legal, ethical and above board".
Bharara was sacked by President Trump in March, even though Bharara said Trump invited him, shortly after the November 2016 election, to stay on.
Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the United States presidential election and the Trump campaign appears to be making headway as he sends a request to the White House for documents on former security adviser Michael Flynn.