There are definite signs that activity is escalating in the FBI’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign team and Russia. Federal prosecutors have just issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records. For those that may be speculative here are two additional sources from various news outlets from the Daily Caller and the Boston Globe. News of the subpoenas hit media outlets like CNN just hours before the news came out of President Trump firing FBI director James Comey. The US Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia issued the subpoenas, and they were received by associates who worked with Flynn on contracts after he was released as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014. When asked for a comment, Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, declined. The Justice Department and the FBI also declined to comment.
The Flynn investigation is centering on possible wrong doing regarding how Flynn handled disclosures about payments from clients tied to foreign governments including Russia and Turkey. The Flynn issue is just one piece of a much broader investigation that is being led by both the Alexandria US Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department’s National Security Division. US Attorney Dana Boente, whose office issued the subpoenas, is also leading the investigation into WikiLeaks and will possibly be charging the group’s founder, Julian Assange.
Michael Flynn was forced to resign his role as Trump’s National Security Advisor in February. He failed to disclose the nature of phone discussions with Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. Flynn also possibly broke the law by not properly disclosing a $45,000 payment for an appearance at a Moscow event to celebrate Russia Today, the Russian government funded news outlet. This is the agency that US intelligence claim played a key role is disseminating Hillary Clinton’s stolen emails.
Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, has said that his client was not hiding anything, noting that he fully briefed the DIA on his trip to Russia. “As has previously been reported, General Flynn briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency, a component agency of DoD, extensively regarding the RT speaking event trip both before and after the trip, and he answered any questions that were posed by DIA concerning the trip during those briefings,” Kelner said in a statement.
The new subpoenas will dig deeper into Flynn’s business ties after he left the government and before he joined the Trump administration.