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Mueller requests Flynn records from White House

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating allegations of election manipulation collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, has asked the White House for documents pertaining to Michael Flynn, President Trump's short-tenured national security adviser, The New York Times reports. The request is not an official subpoena, but it marks the first time Mueller's probe is known to have sought information directly from the White House.

The request also indicates Mueller's investigation — which has entered a new, "more serious phase" as it now involves a grand jury — encompasses Flynn's financial dealings as well as Trump's. "We don't know exactly what these developments portend," Stephen Vladeck, a University of Texas Law School professor, told The Hill, "other than that there's actually some significant criminal charges being considered."