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Mueller Probing Alleged Flynn Plan to Deliver Cleric to Turkey

12 November 2017

The lawyer for former USA national security adviser Michael Flynn has strongly denied media reports suggesting that a client of his may have been involved in a plan to seize a Muslim cleric and deliver him to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars, branded the allegations as "outrageous" and "false".

The report does not expand on what exactly was discussed during that meeting in Washington, D.C., but investigators apparently learned about it while reviewing emails Flynn Intel Group sent to Rohrabacher's staff thanking them for the conversation.

Flynn, who is President Trump's former national security adviser, and his son Michael Flynn Jr. were allegedly were involved in a plan to deliver Fethullah Gulen to the Turkish government, which views Gulen as a political enemy and has pressed the US for his extradition, The Journal reported. According to the paper, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have asked people about a meeting Flynn had with Turkish government officials at New York's "21" Club in December regarding removing Gulen from the US. He was reportedly offered as much as $15 million for the act.

Lawyers for Mr Flynn labelled the allegations "outrageous" and "false".

The Daily Beast reported earlier this year that Rohrabacher was given instructions by Russian intelligence officials on how to alter sanctions legislation and to set up "a virtual show trial on Capitol Hill" last June, right at around the time that Donald Trump Jr. and key members of the Trump campaign met with Russian nationals who claimed to be representatives of the Russian government's efforts to undermine the candidacy of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Sources said the December meeting was a follow up to an earlier meeting on the same matter. There's no indication that money changed hands or that an agreement was made.

Flynn's lawyers Robert Kelner, Stephen Anthony and Brian Smith said: "Out of respect for the process of the various investigations regarding the 2016 campaign, we have intentionally avoided responding to every rumour or allegation raised in the media".

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.

"We continue to work in close coordination with our colleagues in the relevant USA agencies to ensure that they comprehend the full scope of the criminality of FETO, the Fetullah Gulen Terror Organization, and the justifications for Gulen's extradition", the statement read.

The Mueller investigation into the Flynns is part of an overall probe into the Trump campaign's involvement with Russian Federation.

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

Mueller Probing Alleged Flynn Plan to Deliver Cleric to Turkey