Saturday, November 11, 2017
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating an alleged plan in which former White House National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., were to be paid as much as $15 million in a plot to seize Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and deliver him to Turkish officials, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the investigation. FBI agents have asked at least four people about a meeting in mid-December where Flynn and Turkish government representatives allegedly discussed capturing Gulen, who's in exile in the U.S., the Journal said, citing people it didn't identify who are familiar with the FBI's inquiries. At the time, President-elect Donald Trump already had announced that Flynn, a top campaign supporter and foreign policy aide, would serve as the White House national security adviser.
The investigation into Flynn is part of Mueller's probe into whether Trump campaign advisers colluded in Russian interference into the 2016 U.S. election. Investigators are also looking into whether Flynn's work on behalf of Turkey violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires people to disclose work for foreign governments.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded the extradition of his arch-enemy Gulen, blaming him for a 2016 coup attempt allegedly orchestrated from the U.S. Turkey has failed to provide sufficient evidence for a judge to approve extradition, according to U.S. officials.
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