Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Mueller Investigating Michael Flynn Over $15 Million Plot To Kidnap Turkish Cleric

A political enemy to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cleric Fethullah Gulen could have been whisked out of the country by Michael Flynn and his son sources of the Wall Street Journal say Mueller probing alleged Flynn plot to extradite Turkish cleric
Howard Terry | 11 November, 2017, 00:50

Mike Flynn, a former U.S. national security advisor.

Under the plan, Mr Flynn, who was sacked by the president after just 24 days in the job, and his son, Michael Flynn Jr, were to receive up to $15 million for forcibly removing Fethullah Gulen from his Pennsylvania home and delivering him to the Turkish government.

Gulen, who has been living in self-imposed exile since 1999, strongly denies the accusations of involvement.

Citing "people with knowledge of the FBI's inquiries", The Journal reported that Flynn and representatives of the Turkish government discussed the proposal - which one of those people told the newspaper allegedly involved flying Gulen on a private jet to a prison on the island of Imrali - during a meeting in mid-December at the 21 Club in NY.

Flynn - who was forced out of his White House job this year after revelations that he had misled officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador - reportedly discussed the plan with Turkish government representatives last December.

The alleged December meeting followed one on September 19 attended by people including Berat Albayrak, who is Turkey's energy minister and the son-in-law of Erdogan, and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, according to the Journal.

As part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election - which has focused in part on Flynn - Mueller is reviewing emails from the Flynn Intel Group thanking Rohrabacher's congressional staff for the meeting, one source said.

In the wake of the attempted coup in Turkey, Ankara pressed President Barack Obama's administration to hand over Gulen, who has asylum in the United States, without a formal extradition process.

The special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating an alleged plan that Michael Flynn, the former White House national security adviser, discussed with the Turkish government to forcibly remove a Muslim cleric from the US, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Friday's report describes a second meeting involving both Flynns at the 21 Club restaurant, a prohibition-era NY speakeasy patronised by Trump, in mid-December.

The sources could not confirm whether, in the meeting, Rohrabacher and Flynn discussed US policy toward Russian Federation.

Michael Flynn waits for an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower on December 12, 2016 in New York City. Investigators are working to determine if Flynn's work for Turkey violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires Americans to disclose work on behalf of foreign governments. Flynn then retroactively registered as a foreign agent. The Daily Caller has reported that Flynn was contacted by DOJ's National Security Division on November 30. Flynn penned an op-ed last November suggesting the US should expel Gulen.

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