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Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Mueller probes Flynn's role in alleged plan to deliver cleric to Turkey

Mueller probes Flynn's role in alleged plan to deliver cleric to Turkey

It is unclear how Flynn, as national security adviser, could have successfully carried out either alleged request.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Michael Flynn and his son's alleged plan to forcibly remove a Muslim cleric from the United States and deliver him to Turkey, according to the Wall Street Journal. The well-compensated lobbying work Flynn Intel Group did for foreign governments has come under close scrutiny by Mueller's team.

Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 USA 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. The committee asked government and military experts about efforts to track and mitigate asteroids, meteors and other "near-Earth objects".

"The obvious leverage that Mueller has over Flynn is that he could indict Flynn's son", tweeted Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor. The unnamed sources cited in the report could not say if the men discussed USA policy toward Russian Federation.

The Wall St Journal reported that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have asked at least four individuals about a meeting in mid-December in which Flynn and a representative from the Turkish government discussed putting Gulen on a private jet and carting him off to the Turkish prison island of Imrali. "We should not provide him safe haven". All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

"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". Manafort's lawyers may have a point in complaining, as they have, that the Foreign Agents Registration Act is rarely criminalized and that Mueller shouldn't weaponize it. But what if Flynn's machinations to whisk away Gulen continued even after he took the oath of office as Trump's national security adviser?

The meeting allegedly discussed a secret payout of up to US$15 million dollars (S$20.4 million) if, once in office, Mr Flynn would engineer the deportation to Turkey of Fethullah Gulen, a political rival to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as help free Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab from prison.

"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", Flynn's lawyer Robert Kelner told the press.

A grand jury impaneled by Mueller is continuing to interview witnesses with knowledge of Flynn's business activities over the next week, the two sources said.

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