Ex-Trump aide Flynn probed over secret Turkey dealings

A political enemy to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cleric Fethullah Gulen could have been whisked out of the country by Michael Flynn and his son sources of the Wall Street Journal say

If this sounds vaguely familiar, it's because the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year on a meeting Flynn hosted in NY in September 2016, in which participants basically talked about kidnapping Fethullah Gulen, removing him from his home in Pennsylvania, circumventing America's extradition process, and delivering him to Turkey's government, which considers Gulen a unsafe enemy.

Reuters reported on October 26 that one of Flynn's business associates, former CIA Director James Woolsey, pitched a $10 million contract to two Turkish businessmen to help discredit a controversial Gulen while Woolsey was an adviser to Trump's election campaign.

Mueller's investigation into Trump's aides has intensified in recent weeks, with charges being brought against the president's former campaign chairman, an ex-campaign official and a former foreign policy adviser. And as early as September of a year ago, he had discussions with Turkish officials to find ways to deliver on the Gulen plan, according to James Woolsey, the former Central Intelligence Agency director. Flynn then retroactively registered as a foreign agent.

The allegations of a plot involving the dissident cleric could open up Flynn and his son to charges including 'conspiracy to kidnap'.

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.

Mr Flynn became the White House national security adviser after Mr Trump took office on Jan 20.

The timing of the 21 Club meeting is significant.




Flynn was a senior adviser on national security matters to the Trump campaign at the time, though he was also on a foreign government's payroll.

Multiple sources have told NBC News that Mueller has gathered enough evidence to lead to an indictment in the investigation into Flynn and his son.

That period is a grey area when it comes to paid work for foreign interests, but if the arrangement was carried through past inauguration in January, Flynn could face bribery charges on top of questions of whether the NY conversations represented a conspiracy to carry out a forced extra-judicial rendition of a legal USA resident.

Those moves could indicate Mueller was trying to exert pressure to convince Manafort or Papadopoulos to reveal the inner workings of the Trump campaign.

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.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is leading an investigation looking into the Trump campaign's supposed ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 election. Barry Coburn, representing Flynn's son, said he had no comment. All of this reportedly at the direction of the Turkish government.

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