Mueller Investigating Flynn Meeting With Pro-Russia GOP Lawmaker

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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.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into new allegations involving ex-Trump adviser Michael Flynn and a Muslim cleric in the US wanted by the Turkish government.

United States investigators are probing whether former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn discussed expelling a Turkish dissident back to his country in exchange for millions of dollars, U.S. media reported.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is under investigation for ties to Russian Federation and Turkey. It was arranged by his lobbying firm, the Flynn Intel Group.

A meeting about the matter involving Flynn last September was reported, though the Wall Street Journal report referenced a second meeting in December at New York City's "21" Club where the possibility was raised of taking Gulen by private jet to a Turkish prison island. 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.

NBC News also reports this morning that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has taken an interest in the alleged December 2016 meeting as part of "a line of inquiry regarding Flynn's lobbying efforts on behalf of Turkey".

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The congressman's staff did not immediately return a request for comment Friday, a federal holiday.

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.

Mr Mueller is increasing pressure on Mr Flynn following his indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, NBC News said.

The meeting allegedly discussed a secret payout of up to $15 million dollars if, once in office, Flynn would engineer the deportation to Turkey of Fethullah Gulen, a political rival to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as help free Erdogan-linked Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab from prison.

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?

This comes five days after NBC News reported that Mueller's team has "gathered enough evidence to bring charges" against Flynn and his son. "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".