Report: Trump Team Was Aware Flynn Was Under Investigation Before Inauguration
According to a report in The New York Times, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn informed Donald Trump’s presidential transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation. The purported warning came about a month after the Justice Department notified Flynn of the inquiry, which is said to be focused on his alleged secret work as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the presidential campaign. Flynn’s disclosure was first made to the transition team’s chief lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, reportedly on Jan. 4. After Flynn was dismissed from the White House, following just 24 days on the job, President Trump reportedly tried to get FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation. Comey was then fired on May 9. The White House declined to comment to the Times on whether officials there had known about Flynn’s legal troubles before the inauguration.