Former business associates of Michael Flynn have told lawmakers he traveled to the Middle East in 2015 as part of a private proposal to build nuclear power plants across the region, a trip the former Trump administration national security adviser never disclosed during his security clearance process.
"We're done covering those 'pesky hurricanes" right????... Federal investigators are apparently examining the younger Flynn over work he did for his father's lobbying firm, which has been a central focus of the inquiry into the retired general. Flynn was paid about $33,000 by Russia's state-owned news agency, Russia Today, for a speech he gave in Moscow in 2015, but he did not disclose the payment on his security clearance application, according to the House Oversight Committee.
"The Chairman has made it clear he does not want to interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation", the aide said.
Citing four current and former USA officials, NBC said it was unclear when the probe into Michael Flynn Jr. began.
Those arms sales would have likely been facilitated by Rosoboron, a Russian state-run weapons exporter, according to an internal presentation, published by Newsweek, from one of the companies involved in the deal.
The elder Flynn always has looked like a promising avenue through which investigators might get to parts of the truth of what really happened between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. He was seated at the same table as Russian President Vladimir Putin for the dinner. Barry Coburn is representing the younger Flynn. His firm was paid $530,000 by the Justice Department a year ago for its work with the Turkish government.
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The elder Mike Flynn worked at the White House briefly as the president's national security adviser.
The Democrats also requested that Flynn and representatives from the companies involved in the deal provide "transcribed interviews" with the committees' staff by October 4.
Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, campaign ally Carter Page, as well as the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner have also been under scrutiny in the investigation. Flynn was forced to resign his Trump administration post in February after White House officials determined that he had misled them about the nature of diplomatic conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.
Legal experts believe Mueller is trying to find someone that can tell him about any possible Trump campaign connections with Russian Federation.
"Any time a family member is identified as a subject that does increase pressure", Peter Smith, a former federal prosecutor, told NBC.
MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell points out that Michael G. Flynn is a Pizzagate conspiracy theorist.