Mueller has enough evidence to bring charges in Flynn investigation

A team of federal investigators led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller have gathered sufficient evidence to charge Michael T. Flynn and his son Michael G. Flynn as part of the probe into alleged collusion between Trump aides and Russian actors, NBC News reported on Sunday.

Additionally, investigators have been digging into allegations that Flynn may have been involved in efforts to facilitate the extradition of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, a vocal opponent of Turkish President Recep Erdogan, from the United States back to Turkey.

Multiple sources relayed that information to NBC News, which also reported that Mueller was ramping up his pressure on Flynn since last week's indictment.

Mr Mueller's team are also said to be looking at whether the former National Security Adviser attempted to have Fethullah Gullen, an elderly Muslim cleric, extradited from the USA to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars.

Last week the Justice Department unsealed indictments against Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a business partner of his, Rick Gates. It was also unveiled that George Papadopoulos, a former Trump foreign policy adviser, pleaded guilty over the summer to lying to federal prosecutors.

Flynn was paid $500,000 a year ago by the businessman, Ekim Alptekin, who is a member of a Turkish economic-relations board run by an appointee of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

If he is charged, Mr Flynn would be the fourth person to face prosecution as part of Mr Mueller's investigation.

Michael G. Flynn worked with his father, and briefly worked on Trump's presidential transition. The inquiries are said to relate to his lobbying work and will investigate whether he laundered money or lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his work.

And having Flynn's son over a barrel could get him there. This possibility may be especially significant given that Flynn declined a new request in September to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

  • Jon Douglas