Mueller investigation involves member of Congress for the first time

Nov 11, 2017, 00:53
Mueller investigation involves member of Congress for the first time

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly investigating an alleged plan that former White House National Security Adviser Mike Flynn discussed with the Turkish government to forcibly remove a Muslim cleric living in the USA in exchange for $15 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.

That lobbying work continued into the presidential transition and through December, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal.

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. In the past, a spokesman for Flynn has denied that such discussions occurred. Erdogan has accused Gulen of masterminding last July's failed coup attempt and of attempting to undermine Turkish society and government.

The alleged plan would have involved Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., delivering Fethullah Gulen to the Turkish government, which views Gulen, whom the U.S. government has refused to extradite, as a political enemy.

Today's Wall Street Journal report refers to another meeting, held three months later, in which the same topic was discussed: Flynn would "forcibly remove" Gulen, send him to Turkey, and receive millions of dollars for his efforts.

Mueller is interested in the nature of the meeting between Flynn and Rohrabacher, according to NBC.

"What I saw and heard was sort of the end of the conversation - it's not entirely clear what transpired because of that", Woolsey said on "CNN Tonight" with Don Lemon.

The December meeting also occurred after Flynn and his lawyers had been contacted by the Justice Department for failing to register as a foreign agent.

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, attended a breakfast meeting in January that Michael Flynn, the incoming national security adviser at the time, and Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, also attended.

"This probably has nothing to do with the Trumps, but this is a very serious crime", he said. "You don't really want to be involved in a scheme like this, no matter how broke you might be". The younger Flynn worked closely with his father at his lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group.

Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 United States election and whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the race in his favor, has compiled enough evidence to bring charges against Flynn and his son, NBC News reported on Sunday.

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