Just one week after Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced charges against three former Donald Trump aides in connection with an investigation into alleged collusion with Russian Federation, the investigative team has enough evidence for criminal charges against the president's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Investigators will also look at whether the elder Flynn tried to help form a plan to extradite an opponent of Turkish President Recep Erdogan who lives in the U.S.
Last week the Justice Department unsealed indictments against Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a business partner of his, Rick Gates.
Flynn, who was sacked after just 24 days on the job, was one of the first Trump associates to come under scrutiny in the federal probe now led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
If Mueller does charge Flynn it would be a milestone because it would mark the first time that a current or former Trump administration official would be formally charged with committing a crime.
FBI investigators are reported to have arranged interviews with multiple witnesses in the coming days with the aim of gathering further evidence against Mr Flynn.More news: Iranians Commemorate 1979 US Embassy Takeover
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Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, declined to comment. As of Sunday afternoon, however, it was unclear exactly what charges the younger Flynn might face or what investigators were focusing on.
The alleged evidence against Mr Flynn, a retired army general, suggests Mr Mueller's probe is getting closer to the inner circle around Mr Trump.
In addition, George Papadopoulos was revealed in unsealed documents to have pleaded guilty to misleading investigators over conversations he had with foreign nationals, including Russians. But cooperation from Flynn, who was national security adviser for only 24 days before he was sacked, could help his son avoid the worst penalties.