Michael Flynn's son reportedly a subject of federal Russia probe

Michael Flynn and Michael Flynn Jr.
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The son of Michael Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, is a subject of the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, four current and former government officials told NBC News.

Three of the officials said investigators are focusing on the work Michael G. Flynn, 34, did for his father's lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group. A former business associate said Michael G. Flynn was his father's chief of staff and played a major role in running Flynn Intel Group. He is married with a son, lives in Northern Virginia, and received an associate's degree in golf course management and a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, NBC News reports. He is also known to tweet inflammatory statements and spread conspiracy theories

Others reported to be under investigation are the elder Flynn and Trump's onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and it's not clear when the focus on Michael G. Flynn began, NBC News said. Federal and congressional investigators are also looking at Michael Flynn's ties to foreign governments, including Russia and Turkey. In December 2015, Michael G. Flynn accompanied his father to Moscow, where the elder Flynn gave a paid speech at the 10th anniversary celebration of RT, the state-sponsored Russian television network. It was also revealed earlier Wednesday that the elder Flynn did not share on his 2016 security clearance renewal application that in 2015, he went to the Middle East to meet with leaders regarding a proposal to work with Russia to build nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia. Read more about the two Michael Flynns at NBC News.

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Catherine Garcia

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.