The Wall Street Journal reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into allegations that former White House National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and his #pizzagate-promulgating son Michael Flynn Jr. were planning to kidnap a Muslim cleric living in the U.S. and take him to Turkey in exchange for $15 million dollars. The FBI is investigating a meeting that took place in mid-December in New York City where "Mr. Flynn and representatives of the Turkish government discussed removing [Fethullah] Gulen, according to people with knowledge of the FBIâs inquiries." At the time of the meeting, Trump had already selected Flynn as national security adviser.
The alleged plan was launched at a September 19 meeting, "where Turkish officials first raised the possibility of forcibly removing Mr. Gulen."
From The Wall Street Journal:
That September meeting, held in a hotel room and attended by former CIA Director James Woolsey, was reported earlier by the Journal. Mr. Gulenâs removal was discussed as âa covert step in the dead of night to whisk this guy away,â according to Mr. Woolsey, who said he attended the meeting at the request of one of Mr. Flynnâs business associates.
Also present at the September meeting were Mr. Erdoganâs son-in-law and Turkeyâs foreign minister, foreign-lobbying disclosure documents show. The Turkish Embassy has previously acknowledged that Turkish officials met with Mr. Flynn but declined to discuss the conversation.
A White House spokesman deferred all questions to a spokesman for the Trump transition process. âWe donât have any evidence that such a meeting took place,â that spokesman said, referring to the December meeting. âAnd if it did take place it happened not withstanding the transition.â