The Latest: FBI interviews editor who worked for Flynn
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former national security adviser Michael Flynn (all times local):
A professional editor who worked for Michael Flynn’s now-defunct consulting company says he was interviewed by the FBI this week. Flynn is under scrutiny by investigators as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Editor Hank Cox tells The Associated Press that the agents’ questions Tuesday centered on the roles played by Flynn and his business partner, Bijan R. Kian, in the development of an op-ed that ran last November under Flynn’s name in The Hill, a Washington political newspaper.
The pro-Turkish op-ed published on Election Day quickly prompted a Justice Department inquiry. That probe resulted in Flynn acknowledging in March that his consulting company’s work last year for a Turkish client may have aided the interests of Turkey’s government.
President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is facing new scrutiny over a June 2015 trip to the Middle East that he didn’t report as part of his security clearance background check.
Two Democratic lawmakers say in a letter released Wednesday that business associates of Flynn confirmed he went on the trip. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Rep. Eliot Engel of New York also say documents they’ve gathered over the summer show Flynn also may have failed to disclose contacts he had with Israeli and Egyptian officials.
The trip was part of a private proposal to build nuclear power plants across the Middle East. Flynn has previously faced scrutiny over foreign contacts he didn’t report to the government. Robert Kelner, an attorney for Flynn, declined comment.