According to various sources close to the investigation, the FBI now has enough evidence to bring charges against Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser of President Donald Trump, as part of the ongoing probe into Russia's intervention in the 2016 Presidential election.
The team led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is supposedly so close to bringing indictments against Mr. Flynn that the latter’s lawyers have now stopped speaking to the legal team of President Trump.
Mr. Michael T. Flynn was fired after just 24 days on the job as it came to light quickly that he had contacts with Russian officials in 2016 which were not reported during his congressional hearing.
He was interviewed by the FBI in January of 2017 about his communications with the Russian ambassador, Mr. Sergey Kislyak.
The deputy attorney general at the time, Ms. Sally Yates, soon afterward advised White House officials that their public assertions that Mr. Flynn had not discussed sanctions against Russia with Mr. Kislyak were incorrect, leaving the national security adviser in a very compromised position and forcing him out of the job just days later.
Furthermore, Mr. Flynn's son, Michael G. Flynn, who all the time in 2016 during the presidential campaign worked together with his father on the presidential transition, could also be indicted.
Sources believe that Mr. Mueller’s team will use the possible indictment of the son to get cooperation from the father.
Meanwhile, the earlier reporting that Mr. Flynn was offered some $15 million by Turkish officials to get Mr. Fetullah Gulen, the anti-Erdogan cleric that is being blamed for last year’s military coup in Turkey to remove President Erdogan from power is also a part of the current investigation.
Thus far, the Russia probe of Mr. Mueller has been focusing on individuals active in the presidential campaign only, and the White House has been arguing that their connection to President Trump is rather minimal. Should the president's former national security adviser and his son be indicted, this would indeed put further pressure on the White House administration.