Special counsel Robert Mueller briefly did legal work for a consulting company involved in an energy and arms project pushed by President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who is a subject in the federal Russia probe, CNN reports.
Mueller did "less than half an hour" on litigation work for the entity, IronBridge, during his time at the private law firm WilmerHale, a spokesman told CNN. The work came before Mueller was appointed special counsel in May to oversee the Russia probe.
IronBridge was among several consulting firms developing a plan for the Middle East that would involve working with Saudi Arabia and Russia's state-run nuclear energy agency to build nuclear energy plants in the country, according to CNN.
The Russian state-run company was sanctioned by the Treasury Department in 2015 for violating federal law banning weapons sales to countries including Iran and Syria, CNN noted.
Mueller's work for the company was not included in his ethics disclosure because it did not meet the guidelines that would have necessitated disclosure, his spokesman told CNN.
Mueller has impaneled a grand jury and assembled a group of former FBI agents and leading legal experts for the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia amid Moscow's election interference.