Senate Intelligence Committee Zeroes In On Mike Flynn’s Son

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The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked for documents and testimony from the son of former national security adviser Michael Flynn that it has not received yet, NBC News reported Tuesday.

Of interest is Michael G. Flynn’s work as chief of staff and travel companion to his father at the elder Flynn’s consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. Flynn’s attorney, Barry Coburn, declined NBC’s request for comment.

That same work, which included providing administrative support for a well-compensated lobbying contract for a businessman close to Turkey’s government, made Michael G. Flynn a “subject” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to NBC’s previous reporting.

Flynn’s son, who is known for promoting conspiracy theories, has dismissed reports that he is part of the investigation as “fake news” and a “nothingburger.”

The Turkey lobbying work and the Flynns’ 2015 trip to Russia prompted both the Senate and House Intelligence Committees to issue subpoenas for Flynn Intel Group earlier this year.

Both congressional and federal investigators also are interested in determining whether the Flynns played any role in a GOP operative’s efforts to get hold of Hillary Clinton’s private emails. That operative, the late Peter W. Smith, cited the support of Flynn, Flynn’s son and Flynn Intel Group in efforts to recruit cybersecurity experts and hackers to track down the emails, claiming they were working “in coordination” with him.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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