Michael Flynn quest for 'Hillary emails' from Russian hackers probed by Mueller

Mueller departs after briefing the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is examining what role, if any, former national security adviser Mike Flynn may have had in an effort to obtain Hillary Clinton's emails from Russian hackers, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The move is the first public indication that Mueller's team is beginning to compel testimony from witnesses - and suggests that Manafort may be in serious legal peril.

"We think they are trying to figure out, was this a legitimate project?" one executive told NBC.

Flynn junior was sacked from the Trump transition for his role in spreading the PizzaGate conspiracy theory against Clinton.

FBI agents raided a home he owns in Alexandria, Virginia last month, and he is under federal scrutiny for his work for the Party of Regions, his offshore banking transactions, and mounting questions about whether he used his complex web of real estate dealings to launder money from Eastern Europe.

Manafort was in the room during the now-infamous June 9, 2016 meeting in which top Trump campaign officials met with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton. 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.

At the time, Ukraine was run by a pro-Russian political party that had paid Manafort millions of dollars in consulting fees in 2013 and 2014.

The party's leader, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, fled to Russian Federation during a popular uprising in 2014.

According to lobbying disclosures, two of the six firms - Podesta Group and Mercury LLC - worked in Washington with Rick Gates, a Manafort partner.

The report said the campaign was created to sway public opinion and included attempts to solicit favorable press coverage in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Mercury has since registered as a foreign agent, acknowledging the Ukrainian political party benefited from the efforts, the article explained.

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