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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. Trump says his former national security adviser is right to ask for immunity in exchange for talking about Russia. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Grand jury subpoenas were issued to Michael Flynn associates in the Russia investigation


Federal prosecutors issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, asking for business records to contribute to the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, CNN reported.

The subpoenas were issued in recent weeks by the U.S. Attorney's Office. They were received by those who worked with Flynn on contracts after he left his post as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014. 

The subpoenas ramp up the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Officials are concerned with how Flynn disclosed payments from clients with ties to foreign governments. 

Investigators accused Flynn of potentially breaking the law by not properly disclosing a $45,000 payment for an appearance he made in Moscow at an event celebrating news outlet Russia Today. In March, Flynn's lobbying firm registered as a foreign agent of the Turkish government due to a $500,000 contract.

The subpoenas have been the subject of much discussion on social media. 

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