Mueller probing alleged Flynn plan to deliver cleric to Turkey

The cleric Fethullah Gulen was considered a political enemy to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Today's Wall Street Journal report refers to another meeting, held three months later, in which the same topic was discussed: Flynn would "forcibly remove" Gulen, send him to Turkey, and receive millions of dollars for his efforts.

Investigators are probing whether former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn discussed expelling a Turkish dissident back to his country in exchange for millions of dollars, USA media reported Friday.

The NBC News report said the evidence was related to Flynn's lobbying work throughout the latter half of 2016 - while he was a top Trump campaign surrogate - for a businessman with ties to the Turkish government.

Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election and whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the race in his favor, has compiled enough evidence to bring charges against Flynn and his son, NBC News reported on Sunday.

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.

Flynn had been fired by Trump after just 24 days into the job for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations with then Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak previous year. According to "people familiar with the investigation", it was at this encounter that the $15m payment was discussed.

According to the two reports, the discussions included details of how Mr Gulen, a Muslim cleric who lives in Pennsylvania, could be flown secretly by private jet to the isolated Turkish prison island of Imrali. There's no indication any money was exchanged as part of that plan, it said.

The timing of the 21 Club meeting is significant.

But by mid-December Trump had named Flynn national security adviser and he was playing a central role in the transition.

This past week, Mueller did indict Paul Manafort, who was at one time President Donald Trump's campaign chairman. If true, it could add conspiracy, bribery and kidnapping to his charges.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 19: House Science, Space and Technology Committee member Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) questions witnesses from NASA, the Department of Defense and the White House during a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

"If Mueller has sufficient evidence that Flynn and his son were involved in this audacious plot to kidnap the cleric, the special counsel can use that to pressure the former Trump campaign associate to flip and tell the FBI everything he knows of relevance to the Russian Federation investigation". Nor did the attorney representing the elder Flynn, Robert Kelner. Discussions between Flynn and Turkish representatives reportedly took place there.

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