Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI Russia probe: report

Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas as part of the ongoing probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new report.

The subpoenas to associates of former national security adviser Michael Flynn are seeking business records, CNN said Tuesday.

CNN confirmed with people familiar with the matter that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Va., issued the subpoenas in recent weeks.

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The subpoenas are a significant escalation of the FBI’s broader investigation into possible ties between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 campaign.

The news of subpoenas comes on the same night that Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

The White House said Comey was fired at the recommendation of the Justice Department, but critics of the administration are questioning whether the action is related to the FBI's probe of Russian election interference and any possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow. 

Sources told CNN that the subpoenas went to associates who worked with Flynn on contracts following his firing as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014.

Investigators are reportedly examining possible wrongdoing with Flynn’s handling of payment disclosures from clients tied to foreign governments. 

Officials briefed on the matter told CNN that the overseas governments include Russia and Turkey.

CNN reported that it learned of the subpoenas hours before Trump’s firing of Comey on Tuesday. 

Flynn is also facing a Pentagon investigation into foreign payments he received in 2015.

Some lawmakers have accused Flynn of breaking the law by taking money from Russia and Turkey without getting State Department approval first. 

Flynn was fired in February amid revelations that he misled senior administration officials about past conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Controversy over Flynn’s exit has raised questions about how closely the retired Army lieutenant general was vetted by the then-president-elect’s transition team.