Mueller investigating $15M Flynn plan to snatch exiled cleric

Mueller investigating $15M Flynn plan to snatch exiled cleric

Mueller investigating $15M Flynn plan to snatch exiled cleric

Flynn also allegedly discussed helping to free Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who now faces federal charges for his assistance to Iran in skirting United States sanctions.

The Journal reported, citing "people with knowledge of discussions" between Flynn and Turkish representatives, that Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., were to be paid as much as $15 million to deliver Fethullah Gulen to the Turkish government.

Mueller's interest in the nature of Flynn and Rohrabacher's discussion marks the first known time a member of Congress could be wrapped into the investigation.

The conspiracy alleged - through hearsay, apparently - would have required Flynn to either push the federal government to change its mind about Gulen and extradite him or remove him by other means.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is looking into an alleged September 20, 2016 meeting between Michael Flynn and stridently pro-Kremlin Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) as part of their investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election, NBC News reported Friday. The cleric has been living in exile in the USA since the late 1990s.

The Wall Street Journal said its sources weren't on hand at the December meeting, but were familiar with the Mueller investigation, though didn't know how deep the special counsel was probing the plot.

Flynn is accused of meeting with senior Turkish officials in December, a few weeks before Trump's inauguration, to discuss the return of Gulen, who is a rival of Turkish President Recep Erdogan. "All allegations that Turkey would resort to means external to the rule of law for his extradition are utterly false, ludicrous and groundless".

This meeting was held in December - after the US presidential election and during Donald Trump's transition period - as Flynn was preparing to oversee national-security policy at the White House.

While he may have been a voice during the 2016 campaign, the revelation that Flynn gave incomplete information as national security adviser cost him his position in the White House.

Mr Mueller is increasing pressure on Mr Flynn following his indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, NBC News said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is leading an investigation looking into the Trump campaign's supposed ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

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.

But he was forced to resign three weeks later over his Russian Federation contacts.

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