Ex-Trump aide Flynn denies Muslim cleric kidnap plan claims

Posted November 12, 2017

The Wall Street Journal reported on November 10 that Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., had discussed with Turkish representatives ways to hand over cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of instigating an attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July.

It is unclear how Flynn, as national security adviser, could have successfully carried out either alleged request.

However, Flynn's counsel did speak up this week following a report from the Wall Street Journal that Mueller was looking into reports that Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., planned to kidnap a Turkish official living in the USA and bring him back to Turkey.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is looking into an alleged September 20, 2016 meeting between Michael Flynn and stridently pro-Kremlin Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) as part of their investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election, NBC News reported Friday.

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Woolsey was a member of Flynn's firm, the Flynn Intel Group, according to a Justice Department filing by the firm and an archive of the company's website.

News is reporting that "the meeting allegedly took place in Washington the evening of September 20" past year and "was arranged by his lobbying firm, the Flynn Intel Group".

He is believed to be under investigation for not registering as a foreign agent, a charge leveled at former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort in an indictment from Mueller. In return for not prosecuting him for his group's 2010 leak of State Department emails, Assange would allegedly provide proof that Russian Federation was not the source of the hacked Democratic emails.

"If Mueller has sufficient evidence that Flynn and his son were involved in this audacious plot to kidnap the cleric, the special counsel can use that to pressure the former Trump campaign associate to flip and tell the FBI everything he knows of relevance to the Russian Federation investigation".

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In a February meeting shortly after Flynn resigned, Trump asked the FBI director at the time, James Comey, to "let this go", referring to an FBI investigation into Flynn.

Nor did the attorney representing the elder Flynn, Robert Kelner. According to the paper, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have asked people about a meeting Flynn had with Turkish government officials at New York's "21" Club in December regarding removing Gulen from the US. "But today's news cycle has brought allegations about General Flynn, ranging from kidnapping to bribery, that are so outrageous and prejudicial that we are making an exception to our usual rule: they are false".

Flynn had been fired by Trump after just 24 days into the job for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations with then Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak past year.

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