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.
Although the request is not a subpoena, this is the first time the White House has been directly asked to transfer documents to the Mueller's investigation team.
Investigators probing Donald Trump's alleged links to Russian Federation have asked the White House to hand over documents relating to his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to sources close to the inquiry.
Flynn's consulting business Flynn Intel Group is alleged to have received $530,000 from a Turkish American businessman to run a campaign maligning an opponent of the Turkish government, said to have been behind last year's failed coup in Ankara.
Mr Flynn, a former lieutenant general in the United States army, failed to register as a foreign agent when Flynn Intel Group signed a $600,000 contract with Mr Alptekin's Dutch company Inovo BV in August 2016.
Flynn-who was ousted mere weeks after being named Trump's national security adviser over mischaracterizing contacts with Russian officials-is at the center of the Russia controversy plaguing the White House.
Flynn declined to comment on the New York Times report, while Trump's special counsel Ty Cobb stressed that the White House was cooperating with the probe.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday his committee is also looking into Flynn's financial connections with Turkey and into payments made to him by RT, a Russian government-backed network. 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.