The special counsel investigating alleged collusion between the Trump election campaign and Russa will now oversee a grand jury probe in Virginia into disgraced White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Earlier last month, U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria issued subpoenas for Mr. Flynn’s associates to check out business records as part of an investigation into the general’s ties to Russia and Turkey. Robert Mueller was appointed as a special counsel a week later and he has now assumed the control of the grand jury, Reuters reported.
Gen. Flynn, a former leading campaign surrogate of President Donald J. Trump, was asked to resign just 24 days after assuming the office for misleading White House officials about contacts with Russians.
His ties with Turkey came under the spotlight after he published a piece on The Hill promoting Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the Election Day. In March, he retrospectively registered as a foreign agent for Turkey, revealing that he received $530,000 from a Turkish businessman close to the Turkish government.
The White House, including Vice President Mike Pence, repeatedly denied that they were unaware of Mr. Flynn’s ties to Turkey despite a recent revelation that former national security adviser informed the Trump transition team about the investigation into him.
The current investigation is jointly conducted by U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, FBI and the Justice Department. With Mr. Mueller assuming the control of the grand jury in Virginia, the special counsel will be expanding his investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
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