Special counsel Robert Mueller asks White House for documents on Michael Flynn

Mueller departs after briefing the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on his investigation of potential

Mueller departs after briefing the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on his investigation of potential

Sources say investigators have also asked witnesses if Flynn was secretly paid by the Turkish government.

The Times reports that the request is the first known instance of Mueller's office asking the White House for documents in the ongoing investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign officials and the Russian government.

Special counsel Robert Mueller investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections has asked the White House for documents related to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, according to the New York Times.

Flynn's business, Flynn Intel Group, worked with a Turkish-American businessman who paid the company $530,000 to "discredit an opponent of the Turkish government who has been accused of orchestrating last year's failed coup in the country".

Although receiving money from foreign governments is legal, failing to register as a foreign agent if you have done so is a crime.

President Trump denies he called White House a 'dump'
Trump signed the bill behind closed doors, without the fanfare that has customarily accompanied his signing of executive orders. Trump said he would "honor" some of the bill's provisions, but stopped short of saying it would be fully implemented.

Mr Mueller was then appointed to look into whether the Kremlin had tried to meddle in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with them in doing so.

Asked to comment on the article in the New York Times, one of the lawyers for Donald Trump, Ty Cobb, said that the White House had no intention of publicly discussing its "specific communications" with Mr. Mueller, but that it would "continue to cooperate fully with the special prosecutor".

Such payments and the attempt to hide the source of the money could lead to criminal charges for Flynn, including fraud.

But Mueller is reportedly looking into business dealings of Trump and his associates and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

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