Federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller have reportedly turned their attention to Michael G Flynn Jr, the son of embattled former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
The questions thought to be encircling the Flynn family offer the latest evidence that the work of the senior Mr Flynn’s consulting group has emerged as a key matter for investigators tasked with probing potential ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. According to NBC News, which first reported that investigators are looking into the younger Mr Flynn, the son’s work for his father’s Flynn Intel Group is a topic of interest.
Both Flynns forfeited jobs working for the Trump administration, the elder Mr Flynn for having mischaracterised his contact with the Russian ambassador and his son – who served on the transition team – for promoting on Twitter a conspiracy theory linking Hillary Clinton to an alleged child pornography ring at a Washington DC pizza restaurant. They now share a status as people of apparent interest in a widening investigation that has encompassed multiple former members of Mr Trump’s orbit.
Between being forced out of an Obama administration post in 2014 and coming on as a short-lived national security adviser to Mr Trump, Mr Flynn plunged into the world of private consulting, a period that has attracted interest from Congressional investigators and Mr Mueller’s team.
Congressional panels have issued multiple subpoenas seeking to compel the elder Mr Flynn to reveal more about his work for foreign entities, and the White House was asked by Mr Mueller’s team to turn over documents related to Mr Flynn, according to the New York Times. It emerged earlier this year that Mr Flynn had not listed payments from two Russia-linked firms, including a paid speech in Moscow, on his financial disclosure forms. His firm also lobbied for the Turkish government, and investigators working for Mr Mueller have reportedly probed Mr Flynn’s work on behalf of a Turkish businessman.
The report of Michael G Flynn Jr drawing interest from federal investigators, follows allegations from Congressional Democrats that the elder Mr Flynn violated federal law by failing to disclose having met foreign officials to promote a joint Russian-American business deal. A letter from congressmen Elijah Cummings and Eliot Engel – a copy of which was sent to Mr Mueller – raises fresh questions about the extent of the retired lieutenant…