Ex-Trump aide Flynn probed over secret Turkey dealings

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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.

The Journal reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) questioned at least four people in regard to a mid-December meeting in NY at the "21" Club.

Under the alleged proposal, Mr. Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., were to be paid as much as $15 million for delivering Fethullah Gulen to the Turkish government, according to people with knowledge of discussions Mr. Flynn had with Turkish representatives.

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

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. Also in attendance were Flynn's business partners, Bijan Kian and Brian McCauley, and Flynn's son, Michael G. Flynn, who worked closely with his father, the sources said.

NBC reported that the Turkish officials also wanted Flynn to engineer the release of Zarrab, who was arrested in Miami in March 2016 on charges of helping Iran skirt United States sanctions.

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Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is examining a meeting Flynn had with senior Turkish officials weeks after Donald Trump won the presidential race a year ago, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported.

Flynn resigned almost three weeks after Sally Yates, the acting attorney general at the time, warned the White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail over his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.

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

The Wall St Journal reported that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have asked at least four individuals about a meeting in mid-December in which Flynn and a representative from the Turkish government discussed putting Gulen on a private jet and carting him off to the Turkish prison island of Imrali.

In a statement, Flynn's lawyers, led by Robert Kelner, said that "out of respect for the process of the various investigations" regarding the 2016 campaign, they have avoided responding to every "rumor or allegation" in the media. "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 fake". Manafort's lawyers may have a point in complaining, as they have, that the Foreign Agents Registration Act is rarely criminalized and that Mueller shouldn't weaponize it.

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