Special counsel Robert Mueller asks White House for documents on Michael Flynn

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Allegations that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was paid by the Turkish government during the waning days of the 2016 presidential campaign are being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has requested documents regarding Flynn from the White House.

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.

Reportedly, Mueller and his team are now investigating not only whether Flynn failed to report his links to a foreign government as required by law or if he had illicit ties with Russian elements, but all of Flynn's business connections throughout the campaign. His potential failure to register as a foreign agent could also carry a felony charge.

"Though not a formal subpoena, the document request is the first known instance of Mr. Mueller's team asking the White House to hand over records", said the Times, which cited unnamed people close to the investigation for the report.

A transcript of intercepted calls between Mr Flynn and Mr Kislyak revealed they had discussed USA sanctions imposed when former President Barack Obama concluded that Moscow had interfered in the USA election campaign.

Mr Mueller was then appointed to look into whether the Kremlin had tried to meddle in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with them in doing so.

Mr. Flynn is at the centre of suspicions about a possible involvement of Russian.

Bharara was sacked by President Trump in March, even though Bharara said Trump invited him, shortly after the November 2016 election, to stay on.

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