Mueller Has Enough Evidence to Charge Former Trump Official Michael Flynn


Special counsel Robert Mueller has enough evidence to charge former national security advisor Michael Flynn and his son as part of the Russian Federation probe, multiple sources now tell NBC News. Federal investigators are also reportedly looking into allegations Flynn attempted to sidestep the extradition process and send the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, a rival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, back to Turkey in exchange for a multi-million dollar fee.

Flynn served 24 days as Trump's national security adviser but resigned after it was discovered he had misrepresented his contacts with a Russian diplomat to Vice-President Mike Pence.

If Flynn is charged, he would be the first individual to have worked for the Trump presidency accused of wrongdoing.

Barry Coburn, a lawyer for Michael Flynn Jr, declined to comment and Robert Kelner, Flynn's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The investigators will be questioning multiple witnesses in coming days to gain more information on Flynn's lobbying activities.

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Other media sources are jumping on the report to say it's a sign Mueller "is closing in on the White House".

It has been reported that Flynn's son, Michael G. Flynn, could also be indicted separately or at the same time as his father.

The alleged evidence against Mr Flynn, a retired army general, suggests Mr Mueller's probe is getting closer to the inner circle around Mr Trump.

If charged, Flynn would become the first member of Trump's administration to face prosecution in the growing, wide-ranging investigation into whether the president's campaign team colluded with Russian Federation to damage the reputation of Hillary Clinton. But cooperation from Flynn, who was national security adviser for only 24 days before he was sacked, could help his son avoid the worst penalties. In addition to Mr Manafort and Mr Gates, George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the campaign, has pleaded guilty to lying to law enforcement officials and is reported to have been cooperating with the investigation.