Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Mueller probing alleged Flynn plot to extradite Turkish cleric

Mueller probing alleged Flynn plot to extradite Turkish cleric

Investigators in Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe are questioning witnesses about a September 2016 meeting that was alleged to have happened between Michael Flynn, who would later become President Donald Trump's national security adviser, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., who has pushed for better relations with Russian Federation. The plan is alleged to have been to transport Gulen on a private jet to the Turkish island prison island, Imrali.

FBI agents investigated at least four individuals about a meeting held in December 2016, during the presidential transition, at the 21 Club in New York City, where Flynn met representatives of the Turkish government.

Sources said the December meeting was a follow up to an earlier meeting on the same matter. It was arranged by his lobbying firm, the Flynn Intel Group. In addition to founding and working for Flynn Intel Group, he joined his father on a trip to Moscow in December 2015 during which Flynn was paid $34,000 to speak at an event celebrating the state-sponsored news agency RT, NBC News reported. The September meeting was also attended by Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, also Erdogan's son-in-law, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Former CIA Director James Woolsey said in March that he had attended a meeting with Flynn and Turkish government ministers in which the removal of Gülen outside of the USA extradition process was "hypothetically" discussed.

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Gulen, who has lived in exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, is a bitter enemy of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

It's still rather early in the morning, but I feel comfortable saying that the latest reporting on Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's former White House National Security Advisor, is going to be the craziest story of the day. Flynn then retroactively registered as a foreign agent.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment on the reported inquiry into a plot to seize Gulen, and Robert Kelner, a lawyer for Flynn, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The Daily Caller has reported that Flynn was contacted by DOJ's National Security Division on November 30.

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Investigators also are looking into what possible role Flynn's son, Michael G. Flynn, may have played in any such efforts.

Flynn could even face charges of violating counterespionage laws if prosecutors established he was accepting undisclosed payments at the same time he was receiving classified security briefings as part of the Trump transition, Cotter said.

News reported earlier this week that Mueller had compiled enough evidence to bring charges against Flynn and his son related to lobbying work previous year.

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