Well, following Thursday’s news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections and on the heels of subsequent reports that grand jury subpoenas had been issued in connection with the now infamous meeting between Trump Jr. and Russian go-betweens, it was just a matter of time before the next piece of incremental news hit.
Sure enough, just minutes ago we got this:
- SPECIAL COUNSEL IS SAID TO SEEK WHITE HOUSE FLYNN DOCUMENTS
So that’s in reference to a NY Times piece out this evening which confirms that for the first time, Mueller and his team have formally asked the White House to produce documents.
You should note that this is not a formal subpoena. Or at least not yet.
Apparently, Mueller is after records related to Michael Flynn’s Flynn Intel Group.
“The company was paid $530,000 to run a campaign to discredit an opponent of the Turkish government who has been accused of orchestrating last year’s failed coup in the country,” the Times reminds you, adding that “investigators want to know if the Turkish government was behind those payments — and if the Flynn Intel Group made kickbacks to the businessman, Ekim Alptekin, for helping conceal the source of the money.”
This would appear to be still more evidence that Mueller is completely ignoring Trump’s warning about keeping the investigation narrowly focused, as the requests appear to suggest that the Special Counsel probe is looking well beyond the issue of whether Flynn failed to register as a foreign agent.
The bottom line is this (again from the Times):
Taking money from Turkey or any foreign government is not illegal. But failing to register as a foreign agent is a felony, and trying to hide the source of the money by routing it through a private company or some other entity, and then paying kickbacks to the middleman, could lead to numerous criminal charges, including fraud.
You can begin to see why Flynn began seeking immunity earlier this year.
Then there’s this:
Prosecutors have also asked about the White Canvas Group, a data-mining company that was reportedly paid $200,000 by the Trump campaign for unspecified services. The Flynn Intel Group shared office space with White Canvas Group, which was founded by a former special operations officer who was a friend of Mr. Flynn’s.
Rest assured this is but the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
And this latest revelation just makes the following clip all the more hilarious…