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Ex- Trump aide Flynn investigated over plot to kidnap Turkish dissident

Ex- Trump aide Flynn investigated over plot to kidnap Turkish dissident

If Mueller and his team suspect Flynn tried to take official actions to benefit a foreign government, then anyone who tried to impede the investigation into Flynn's alleged misconduct might also face accusations of wrongdoing. Flynn has expressed interest in an immunity deal and Mueller, in his dealings with former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, has shown himself ready to negotiate.

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 risky enemy.

The Story:Former White House national security adviser Mike Flynn faces multiple allegations around his Russian Federation ties and his possible role in forcibly delivering a Muslim cleric from the U.S.to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars. The cleric has been living in exile in the USA since the late 1990s.

According to NBC, Mueller's investigators are looking into possible money-laundering charges against the Flynns, as well as charges of lying to federal agents.

But a new report in today's Wall Street Journal should rock the Trump administration, if not the president himself, because it deals with post-election conduct that may have continued even after the inauguration. "A covert step in the dead of night to whisk this guy away", Woolsey described the plan underlining that he attended the meeting at the request of one of Mr. Flynn's business associates.

The meeting was held at New York City's 21 Club.

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.

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.

"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".

Mr Mueller is increasing pressure on Mr Flynn following his indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, NBC News said.

Flynn served as National Security Adviser for only 24 days before resigning over secret meetings with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.


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