Mueller investigating alleged Flynn-linked plan to hand cleric to Turkey

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into an alleged plan involving former White House National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and a possible deal with Turkey, Fox News confirms – after a report that a proposal was floated to pay him and his son millions to deliver a controversial cleric to the Turkish government.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the alleged plan being investigated would have paid Flynn and his son Michael Flynn Jr. up to $15 million for delivering Fethullah Gulen to the Turkish government.

The Journal cited “people with knowledge of the FBI’s inquiries” saying the bureau is asking individuals about a December meeting in New York City with Flynn and Turkish government representatives where Gulen’s removal was discussed.  

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long sought for the U.S. to extradite Gulen, who resides in the United States. The Journal reported that the alleged discussions involved possibly moving Gulen to a Turkish prison island.

The investigation is part of Mueller’s expansive probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump associates. The probe has resulted so far in the indictment of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, relating to his work for the government in Ukraine.

Sources told the Journal it’s not clear whether the Gulen plan resulted in any money changing hands.

Fox News has reached out to Flynn’s attorney with a request for comment.

Lawyers for Flynn and his son declined to comment to the Journal.

Flynn used to lobby for Turkish interests. He left the Trump White House after misleading Vice President Pence on his contacts with the Russian ambassador. His Turkey and Russia ties are now the subject of various investigations.

Asked about the New York meeting in question, a White House spokesman told the Journal: “We don’t have any evidence that such a meeting took place. And if it did it take place it happened not withstanding the transition.”

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge contributed to this report. 



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