Mueller probing pre-election Flynn meeting with California congressman

Mueller probing pre-election Flynn meeting with California congressman

Mueller probing pre-election Flynn meeting with California congressman

Citing "people with knowledge of the FBI's inquiries", The Journal reported that Flynn and representatives of the Turkish government discussed the proposal - which one of those people told the newspaper allegedly involved flying Gulen on a private jet to a prison on the island of Imrali - during a meeting in mid-December at the 21 Club in NY.

The alleged plan emerged during Mueller's wider investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any collusion by the Trump campaign.

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is examining a meeting Flynn had with senior Turkish officials weeks after Donald Trump won the presidential race a year ago, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported.

Mueller is now reported to have gathered sufficient evidence to bring charges against Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr, which would bring his investigation another leap closer to Trump.

"Under the alleged proposal, Mr Flynn and his son Michael Flynn Jr were to be paid as much as US$15 million for delivering Fethullah Gulen to the Turkish government, according to people with knowledge of discussions Mr Flynn had with Turkish representatives", WSJ said, adding that it is not clear how far the proposal went and that there was no sign that any payments were made.

Flynn, a retired lieutenant general who was previously head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, became the White House national security advisor after Trump took office on January 20, 2017. 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.

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

One source said Gülen would be seized and flown by private jet to the Turkish prison island of Imrali.

News' report does not have any information about the nature of the meeting, although it says that it is reviewing emails sent from Flynn's firm to Rohrabacher's staff thanking them for arranging the meeting. But by mid-December Trump had named Flynn national security adviser and he was playing a central role in the transition.

"If the facts involving Flynn and his son are true, or even mostly true, it indicates an incredible propensity for outrageously illegal conduct", said Ryan Goodman, a NY law professor and former Pentagon counsel.

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is examining the meeting Flynn had with senior Turkish officials.

The Mueller investigation into the Flynns is part of an overall probe into the Trump campaign's involvement with Russian Federation. Discussions between Flynn and Turkish representatives reportedly took place there.

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