Special counsel Robert Mueller has collected sufficient evidence to charge Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, and his son in the investigation into alleged collusion between Trump aides and Russia, NBC News reported on Sunday.
According to an exclusive report from NBC News, federal investigators have gathered enough evidence to bring charges against Flynn and his son. Federal investigators are also reportedly looking into allegations Flynn attempted to sidestep the extradition process and send the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, a rival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, back to Turkey in exchange for a multi-million dollar fee. Officials told NBC News that any quid-pro-quo agreement between Flynn and the Turkish government would be illegal.
If Flynn is charged, he would be the first Trump administration official formally accused of criminal wrongdoing in the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. As of Sunday afternoon, however, it was unclear exactly what charges the younger Flynn might face or what investigators were focusing on.
Mr Mueller's team was reportedly intending to interview more witnesses over the next week as it investigates lobbying work by Mr Flynn.
Flynn's lawyer Robert Kelner declined to comment when asked if Flynn denies any collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.
Last week, three individuals were charged in the investigation headed up by special counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller.
The younger Flynn worked with his father, including doing work on the Trump campaign. So far all those who have been charged were campaign officials. 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.
Last week, Mueller indicted Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, along with his former business associate, on 12 counts, including money laundering and conspiracy against the United States.