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Mueller probing pre-election Flynn meeting with California congressman

Mueller probing pre-election Flynn meeting with California congressman

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is under investigation for ties to Russian Federation and Turkey.

Flynn, who is President Trump's former national security adviser, and his son Michael Flynn Jr. were allegedly were involved in a plan to deliver Fethullah Gulen to the Turkish government, which views Gulen as a political enemy and has pressed the US for his extradition, The Journal reported.

The lawyer for former US national security adviser Michael Flynn has strongly denied media reports suggesting that a client of his may have been involved in a plan to seize a Muslim cleric and deliver him to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars, branded the allegations as "outrageous" and "false". The well-compensated lobbying work Flynn Intel Group did for foreign governments has come under close scrutiny by Mueller's team.

Investigators also are looking into what possible role Flynn's son, Michael G. Flynn, may have played in any such efforts.

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.

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is examining the meeting Flynn had with senior Turkish officials. The cleric has been living in exile in the US since the late 1990s.

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.

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NBC News also reports this morning that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has taken an interest in the alleged December 2016 meeting as part of "a line of inquiry regarding Flynn's lobbying efforts on behalf of Turkey".

Rohrabacher's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Flynn was working as an adviser to Trump's presidential campaign at the time. 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.

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.

Flynn briefly served as Trump's national security adviser, but had to resign in February after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with Russian officials prior to Trump's inauguration.

Gulen is a political rival to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and has been accused of being behind the failed July 2016 coup. "But today's news cycle has brought allegations about General Flynn, ranging from kidnapping to bribery, that are so outrageous and prejudicial that we are making an exception to our usual rule: they are false".


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