Mueller seeks details from WH on Flynn lobbying for Turkish businessman

Special counsel Robert Mueller wants documents from White House on Michael Flynn's ties to Turkey

The New York Times, which first reported this development, said that though the documents were not sought through a subpoena, this was the first instance of records being sought from the White House.

Financial entanglements of former national security advisor became the focus of the ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election on Friday night.

They are said to have questioned witnesses about his dealings with Turkish-American lobbyist Ekim Alptekin, who paid his consulting firm Flynn Intel Group $530,000 during the United States election previous year.

Taking money from Turkey or any foreign government is not illegal.

Although receiving money from foreign governments is legal, failing to register as a foreign agent if you have done so is a crime.

Flynn - who was ousted mere weeks after being named Trump's national security adviser over mischaracterizing contacts with Russian officials - is at the center of the Russia controversy plaguing the White House.

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It's also an indication that despite President Donald Trump's repeated statements warning Mueller not to investigate his finances or those of his family and associates, the investigation is including a close examination of financial dealings.

His work includes lucrative speaking engagements with Russian businesses.

Investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked the White House for documents related to Flynn and questioned witnesses about whether he was paid by the Turkish government, according to the Times report.

He will investigate whether the former Apprentice star tried to obstruct the course of justice by pushing for an end into the inquiry into his former national security adviser.

The news came one day after reports revealed that Mueller - a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director - has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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