Russia probe expands to Flynn’s dealings with certain country

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An exclusive report by Reuters revealed that Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, has launched a grand jury investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The grand jury will examine Flynn’s 2016 paid work as a lobbyist for Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin, and contacts between Russian officials and Flynn and others on the Trump campaign team during and after last year’s presidential election.

Between September and November 2016, Flynn was paid $530,000 by Alptekin’s company, Netherlands-based Inovo BV, to produce a documentary and research on Fethullah Gulen, an exiled Turkish cleric living in the United States who is blamed by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for a failed coup last July.

Reuters reported that Alptekin, an ally of Erdogan, hired Flynn to provide information on how Gulen is “poisoning the atmosphere” between the United States and Turkey.

Gulen has denied being involved in the failed coup and rejected Turkey’s allegations that he leads a terrorist organization.

Two sources familiar with the grand jury investigation reported that two subpoenas have been issued to Flynn’s business associates involved in the work for Inovo.

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