White House: Trump 'not discussing' firing Mueller

White House: Trump 'not discussing' firing Mueller

Financial entanglements of former national security advisor became the focus of the ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election on Friday night.

Investigators also want to determine whether Flynn paid a Turkish businessman to help hide the source of the payments, which amounted to $530,000. Flynn's consulting business was paid $530,000 to handle a campaign against an opponent of the Turkish government.

Taking money from Turkey or any foreign government is not illegal.

Asked for comment on the story presidential lawyer Ty Cobb said the White House would not discuss "specific communications" with Mueller but would "continue to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel". Almost a month after resigning as National Security Adviser, Flynn registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent and promptly admitted to accepting money for his lobbying work on behalf of the Turkish government.

Mueller has convened a grand jury in D.C. for the Russian Federation probe, a sign that the investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election and Moscow's ties to the Trump campaign is heating up.

Since Flynn's payment acceptance occurred during the 2016 presidential campaign, during which he advised Trump, both the grand jury and Mueller's probe are trying to discern whether or not it was illegal.

Washington- US federal investigators are examining whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn was secretly paid by the Turkish government to lobby, according to a report from The New York Times published on Friday.

Prosecutors have also asked during interviews about Flynn's speaking engagements for Russian companies, for which he was paid more than $65,000 in 2015, and about his company's clients - including work it may have done with the Japanese government.