Subpoenas have been issued to several prominent lobbying firms in Washington, D.C., as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia meddling and claims of collusion with the 2016 presidential campaign of President Donald Trump, the Washington Examiner reported Saturday.
Mercury Public Affairs and SGR LLC were reportedly contacted for information and records regarding work they did with Michael Flynn, former White House national security adviser, and Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Trump campaign, The Washington Post reported Friday.
When asked for comment, Manafort's spokesman did not comment and Flynn's spokesman didn't respond.
One subpoena issued was to Mercury, whose representatives declined to comment. Investigators want to know about public relations work they did for Manafort, who was working on behalf of the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, the Post explained.
Though the Centre's initial purpose was to push for better relations between Ukraine and European countries, it actually promoted a Russia-friendly political party in Ukraine. Mercury has since registered as a foreign agent, acknowledging the Ukrainian political party benefited from the efforts, the article explained.
A lawyer for SGR LLC confirmed they had received a subpoena. Investigators want information about a Dutch company Flynn's company did work for that had ties to Turkish President Recep Erdogan, according to sources. Flynn's company hired SGR to work on that effort.
While the project was originally described as promoting a good business climate in Turkey, it was later discovered the contract focused on a Turkish cleric living in the U.S. who was blamed for a failed coup against Erdogan.
Flynn was forced to resign his position as national security adviser over failing to disclose to Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials the extent of his Russian connections. Manafort's home was raided last month by the FBI as officials sought information about his dealings with Ukrainian and Russian politicians.
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