US Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team have enough evidence to bring charges in the investigation into Michael Flynn and his son, according to an exclusive report from NBC News.
The investigation into President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser and his son is part of Mueller’s probe into Russia’s possible intervention in the 2016 presidential election.
Flynn's son, Michael G Flynn, who worked closely with his father, accompanied him during the campaign and briefly worked on the presidential transition, could be indicted separately or at the same time as his father, according to three sources familiar with the investigation.
According to NBC News, sources say investigators will be speaking to witnesses soon to get information about Flynn’s lobbying work and whether or not he laundered money or lied to federal agents about overseas contacts.
The elder Flynn, an Army lieutenant general, was pushed out as head of the Defence Intelligence Agency in 2014 and retired from the military. He then founded a lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group, where his son worked closely with him. The younger Flynn was involved in the daily operations of his father's firm and functioned as his chief of staff. He often attended meetings with his father and would communicate with prospective clients.
The elder Flynn was paid $530,000 last year for work the Justice Department says benefited the government of Turkey. The elder Flynn did not register as a foreign lobbyist at the time, but did so retroactively this year. The issue has been part of Mueller's probe.
His lawyer later said Flynn didn't need to register because his client was a Turkish businessman and not a government official, but had opted to do so retroactively.
According to Flynn's Justice Department filing, the Flynn Intel Group was hired to gather information about Gulen, and to produce a short film about its findings.
During the contract, which ended the day after Trump won the election, Flynn had at least one meeting, in September 2016, with Turkish officials, according to officials. Woolsey says that it included a discussion about kidnapping Gulen and flying him to Turkey.
Flynn also was paid some $35,000 in 2015 by Russian state television for a speech in Moscow at a gala where he sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The younger Flynn accompanied him on that trip. The trip raised concerns among federal officials.
NBC News has reported that others under scrutiny by Mueller include Carter Page, a Trump campaign ally; Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior White House adviser; and the president's son, Donald Trump Jr They have denied any collusion with Russia.
President Trump has denied any collusion with Russia during the campaign and has called the investigation a politically motivated witch hunt.
Three sources are telling NBC News that Mueller is “applying renewed pressure on Flynn” following the indictment of Paul Manafort.
The former Trump campaign manager and a former business associate were indicted last week on charges of conspiracy against the United States, money laundering and several other financial charges.