Turkey proposed $15 million to Flynn, son to abduct Fethullah Gulen
- Author: Rogelio Becker Nov 11, 2017,
Nov 11, 2017, 0:50
Flynn resigned as Trump's national security adviser on February 13 after only 24 days on the job.
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.
Former White House national security adviser Mike Flynn and his son are alleged to have been offered as much as $15 million to forcibly remove from the United States a Muslim cleric wanted by Turkey, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Woolsey claims that those present discussed sending Gulen back to Turkey to face charges - possibly outside the legal U.S. extradition system.
Gulen, who has been living in self-imposed exile since 1999, strongly denies the accusations of involvement.
The investigation into Flynn centers on a meeting in December 2016 at the "21" Club in NY, where Flynn and members of the Turkish government discussed taking Gulen out of the United States and transporting him to the prison-island of Imrali, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, attended a breakfast meeting where Michael Flynn and Turkey's foreign minister were also present. The meeting caught the attention of Federal Bureau of Investigation, who have questioned at least four people about it.
Flynn and others also are under investigation for allegedly plotting to free a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who is jailed in the U.S.
A Wall Street Journal report published Friday said the special counsel Robert Mueller was scrutinizing Flynn's dealings with the Turkish government. Flynn has since resigned as Trump's National Security Adviser following allegations that he discussed easing sanctions on Russian Federation with Kremlin officials, prior to Trump's inauguration.
Michael Flynn waits for an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower on December 12, 2016 in New York City.
Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser. Former CIA director James Woolsey earlier told media that Flynn met with Turkish government officials in September 2016 to forcedly send Gulen back to Turkey.
Flynn disclosed that meeting, but not the one in December, when he registered as a foreign agent of Turkey in March, just weeks after he was sacked from the White House.
The probe into the alleged Gulen plot is part of Mueller's larger investigation into alleged improper contacts between Trump representatives and agents of the Russian government during and after the 2016 USA presidential election. Flynn had written an op-ed in The Hill on Election Day calling on the US government to extradite Gulen.