Mueller probes Flynn role in plot to deliver cleric to Turkey

The Alliance for Shared Values, a group representing Gülen supporters in the US, said: "The US justice system should be commended for not giving in to the Turkish government's campaign against Mr Gülen, no matter how nefarious a plan the Erdogan regime could concoct nor how much money it could offer people who might entertain such plans".

The former national security adviser to President Donald Trump and his son, Mike Flynn Jr, would have been paid up to $15 million for delivering Gulen to Turkey, according to sources familiar with the investigation who spoke to the Wall Street Journal. Gulen has denied any role in the coup.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the plot, which Flynn reportedly discussed with the Turkish delegation during a meeting in mid-December at the 21 Club in New York City. According to the network, the Mueller investigation is looking into whether Flynn was to be "paid to carry out directives from Ankara secretly while in the White House" with payments to be made either "directly or indirectly".

The questions were part of a criminal inquiry into Flynn's paid lobbying efforts for Turkey after he was sacked as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and joined the Trump campaign as a senior advisor. What's more, the individuals who were reportedly interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation "didn't attend the December meeting and didn't have direct knowledge" of what transpired there.

Flynn allegedly discussed the plot at a meeting in NY in December 2016, when he was a member of then U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.

The special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating an alleged plan that Michael Flynn, the former White House national security adviser, discussed with the Turkish government to forcibly remove a Muslim cleric from the US, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

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Gulen, who has lived in exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, is a bitter enemy of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The December meeting about Mr Gulen was also reported on Friday by NBC.

The sources could not confirm whether, in the meeting, Rohrabacher and Flynn discussed USA policy toward Russian Federation.

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. Flynn had begun lobbying on behalf of Turkish government interests one month earlier. Flynn then retroactively registered as a foreign agent. Flynn had written an op-ed in The Hill on Election Day calling on the US government to extradite Gulen.

The Mueller investigation into the Flynns is part of an overall probe into the Trump campaign's involvement with Russian Federation.

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