Special counsel Robert Mueller has requested the White House turn over documents concerning former national security adviser Michael Flynn, whose ties to both Russian Federation and Turkey have come under intense scrutiny since being ousted from the Trump administration. And while the special prosecutor's request for documents from the White House didn't come in the form of a formal subpoena, it's "first known instance" of Mueller requesting any records whatsoever from the Trump administration. 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.
What it also indicated was that Mueller was not focussed only on Flynn's contacts with Russians or his lying about them but was at his financial dealings.
Flynn was Trump's national security adviser for less than a month. Beyond that, as I have stressed repeatedly, we continue to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel,"CNN quoted Ty Cobb, the White House special counsel as saying".
Investigators are examining the flow of money into and out of the Flynn Intel Group - a consulting firm Flynn founded after being forced out as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency - according to several potential witnesses who have been interviewed by prosecutors and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.
The Times reported that prosecutors have been investigating Flynn's business dealings with a Turkish-American businessman who worked with Flynn past year, and are trying to determine if the Turkish government was behind payments to Flynn.
Taking money from Turkey or any foreign government is not illegal. Almost a month after resigning as National Security Adviser, Flynn registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent and promptly admitted to accepting money for his lobbying work on behalf of the Turkish government.