Former US general allegedly plotted to kidnap Gulen, send him to Turkey

A political enemy to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cleric Fethullah Gulen could have been whisked out of the country by Michael Flynn and his son sources of the Wall Street Journal say

But what if Flynn's machinations to whisk away Gulen continued even after he took the oath of office as Trump's national security adviser?

Ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and his son discussed the alleged plot with Turkish representatives, NBC News and Wall Street Journal report. Gulen has denied Erdogan's claims.

The Journal reported that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents asked at least four people about a December meeting in NY where Mr Flynn and Turkish government representatives discussed removing Mr Gulen, according to people with knowledge of the FBI's inquiries. 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".

Mueller is now reported to have gathered sufficient evidence to bring charges against Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr, which would bring his investigation another leap closer to Trump.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded the extradition of his archenemy Gulen, blaming him for a 2016 coup attempt allegedly orchestrated from the U.S. Turkey has failed to provide sufficient evidence for a judge to approve extradition, according to U.S. officials. Friday's report describes a second meeting involving both Flynns at the 21 Club restaurant, a prohibition-era NY speakeasy patronised by Trump, in mid-December.

A spokesman for Mueller's team declined to comment on the report on Friday.

The congressman has met with Russian officials in Moscow, advocated to overturn the bill freezing assets of Russian investigators and prosecutors and reportedly offered Trump a deal that would have protected the creator of WikiLeaks from legal peril. 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. Flynn then retroactively registered as a foreign agent.

His name has frequently come up around Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in its election meddling, something Trump has steadfastly denied. But by mid-December Trump had named Flynn national security adviser and he was playing a central role in the transition. The younger Flynn worked closely with his father at his lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group. Flynn had written an op-ed in The Hill on Election Day calling on the USA government to extradite Gulen.

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