Special counsel Robert Mueller has "enough evidence" to charge Gen. Michael Flynn and his son in his investigation into Trump-Russia, a new report says.
What does it say?
According to an exclusive report from NBC News, federal investigators have gathered enough evidence to bring charges against Flynn and his son. It wasn't directly known what those charges would be.
However, according to NBC, Mueller's investigation is scrutinizing Flynn's lobbying work, investigating whether or not he laundered money and probing whether or not he lied to federal investigators about overseas contacts. The investigative team is also looking into whether or not Flynn stuck a deal with Turkish President Recep Erdogan to orchestrate the removal of an Erdogan political rival from the U.S.
It isn't clear what Mueller is investigating Flynn's son for, although NBC reported that Flynn's son could be indicted at the same time as his father. More likely though, Flynn's son is a pawn to be used to get Flynn to talk. Flynn's son briefly served on the Trump transition team, while his father served as national security adviser for less than a month. Flynn's son traveled with his father during the campaign and transition.
Mueller's team plans to meet with more witnesses in the coming days to extract more information about Flynn.
What's this deal with Turkey?
From NBC News:
A former senior law enforcement official said that in the weeks after Trump's inauguration the FBI was asked to conduct a new review of Turkey's 2016 request to extradite Fethullah Gulen, an elderly Muslim cleric living in the U.S. whom President Erdogan blames for orchestrating a coup to overthrow him.
The FBI pushed back on the request because Turkey had supplied no additional information that could incriminate Gulen since a review of the case during the Obama administration, the official said. It is unclear whether the request to investigate Gulen came from Flynn or through the typical diplomatic channels at the State Department.
What's the significance of this?
The report indicates that Mueller's investigation is moving at a quick, steady pace. They secured the first two indictments less than two weeks ago, resulting in the arrests of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. Another former Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
But so far, the investigation has not made moves toward individuals who served in the Trump administration. Flynn would be the first. It also means they are one step closer to President Trump.