Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Breaking: Grand Jury Issues Subpoenas To Flynn Associates In FBI's Russia Investigation

According to sources, just hours before Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey, federal prosecutors issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year's election.

Considering who is in the White House one must at this point ask whether the subpoenas triggered Comey's firing?

That being said the subpoenas represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI's broader investigation that began last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

US officials say the subpoenas, which were issued by the US Attorney's Office in Alexandria, were sent to associates who worked with Flynn on contracts after he was forced out as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014.

It is hypothesized that the inquiries pertain to possible wrongdoing in how Flynn handled disclosures about payments from clients tied to foreign governments including Russia and Turkey.

Congressional investigators have accused Flynn of possibly breaking the law by not properly disclosing a $45,000 payment for an appearance he made at an event in Moscow to celebrate Russia Today, a Russian government-funded news outlet that US intelligence agencies say played a key role in disseminating stolen emails intended to damage the candidacy of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

The Flynn subpoenas are but one piece of the broader investigation, which now dismissed FBI Director James Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week.

Flynn was forced to resign as Trump's national security advisor in February for failing to disclose the nature of phone discussions with Russia's ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak.

Neither Flynn nor his attorney Robert Kelner has made any comment as of this time.

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