Mike Flynn And His Son In Deeper Hole As Muller Investigates Kidnap For Cash Plot
The legal hole created by the Russia election interference scandal may be turning into a sand trap for Michel Flynn and his son Michael Flynn, Jr as special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating their alleged plot to kidnap a Muslim cleric living in the U.S. and hand him over to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars.
Under the alleged plan, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump and his son, Mike Flynn Jr were to be paid millions to forcibly remove Fethullah Gulen from U.S. and deliver him to Turkish custody, the Wall Street Journal reports.
U.S. investigators have questioned at least four individuals about a meeting in December 2016, during the presidential transition, at the 21 Club in New York City, where Flynn met with representatives of the Turkish government.
Citing sources familiar with the investigation, the Journal reported that the meeting was a follow-up to a secret Sept. 19 meeting attended by former CIA director James Woolsey, who said Flynn and others discussed “a covert step in the dead of night to whisk this guy away.”
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan views the cleric as a political enemy and has asked the U.S. to extradite him.
Flynn lobbied on behalf of Turkish interests in the U.S. before joining the Trump administration but didn’t disclose the work until March, after he was forced out of the White House for misleading statements about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador about sanctions. He’s now is now facing military, congressional and criminal investigations into his financial ties to both Turkey and Russia.