Mueller Probes Flynn's Role In $15 Million Plot To Kidnap Erdogan's Arch-Nemesis

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Last week, we reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is close to asking a grand jury to approve indictments for former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and his son, Mike Flynn Jr., as investigators believe they have enough evidence to bring charges after speaking to multiple witnesses about Flynn's lobbying work, including whether he laundered money or lied to federal agents about his overseas contacts. Now, we have a somewhat clearer picture of what Mueller has been digging around for in his investigation of Flynn who was fired after just 24 days on the job.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Mueller is probing a plot involving Flynn and his son to forcibly, and lucratively, remove Fethullah Gulen, who as most regular readers know is Turkish president Erdogan's arch-nemesis, and the man who - according to Erdogan - controls Turkey's "deep state", and was responsible for the failed (and faked) July 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan. In more practical terms, Gulen is a 76-year-old Muslim cleric currently residing in rural Pennsylvania. And, as is also well-known, Erdogan has for years been attempting, lobbying and threatening the US in hopes of getting him extradited back to Turkey. This is where Flynn allegedly comes in: reportedly he, and his son, were part of a plan to grab Gulen and deliver him to Turkey in return for $15 millions. To wit:

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. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has pressed the U.S. to extradite him, views the cleric as a political enemy.

While this may sounds too bizarre to be true - as are most things involving Turkey's cartoonish dictator - this isn’t the first time the public has been informed about an alleged plot involving Flynn to kidnap Gulen and rendition him to an isolated Turkish prison island to face charges of orchestrating the July 2016 attempted coup that killed more than 200 Turks.

Before entering the Trump administration as the president’s national security adviser, Flynn was lobbying on behalf of Turkish interests in the US, including on the Gulen issue. The problem is that - like Manafort and Podesta - he didn’t disclose that work until much later, in Flynn's case March of this year, well after he was forced out of the White House for misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador.

Furthermore, Federal records show that the company, Flynn Intel Group, was paid $530,000 for advocacy work that “could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey.” He is now facing military, congressional and criminal investigations into allegations that he improperly concealed his financial ties to Turkey and Russia, and into whether the ties played any role in his decisions as the president’s adviser.

More details from the WSJ:

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have asked at least four individuals about a meeting in mid-December at the ‘21’ Club in New York City, where Mr. Flynn and representatives of the Turkish government discussed removing Mr. Gulen, according to people with knowledge of the FBI’s inquiries. The discussions allegedly involved the possibility of transporting Mr. Gulen on a private jet to the Turkish prison island of Imrali, according to one of the people who has spoken to the FBI.

That wasn’t the first time Flynn allegedly met with representatives of the Turkish government to discuss kidnapping removing Gulen. As former CIA Director James Woolsey told The Wall Street Journal back in March, Woolsey attended another meeting in September where he says he told the group that the plan sounded illegal.

Ironically, the Fed's interest in whether Flynn was pursuing potentially illegal means to forcibly deal with Gulen indicates that the former Trump adviser faces another investigation stemming from his work on behalf of Turkish government interests, both before and after the presidential election. We say ironically because last time we checked, Turkey is not in Russia, at least not yet according to NATO.

Even so, the entire account is based on hearsay:

"the people who described the alleged proposal said they didn’t attend the December meeting and didn’t have direct knowledge from Flynn or his associates about its purported details. It isn’t clear how advanced Mueller’s investigation of the alleged plan to remove Gulen is, nor is there any indication that any money changed hands, according to those familiar with the discussions and the FBI investigation."

In light of the charges against Manafort and Gates, it is also likely that Flynn will face a charge of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires US citizens to disclose when they are acting in the US on behalf of foreign powers. And, like Manafort and Gates, the violations being examined have nothing to do with Flynn’s work on the Trump campaign or his brief tenure as National Security Adviser. However, like Manafort, Gates and Papadopoulos, Mueller is working to find any dirt on anyone associated with the campaign in the hopes of flipping them, or convincing them to testify against their former boss in exchange for leniency.

Until then, look out for more indictments, and - of course - the best part: Erdogan's angry response which he is never too shy to deliver.

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Mzhen's picture

There is no evidence that Flynn "fibbed" to Pence.  That is a fever dream of Sally Yates and her co-conspirators.  They cooked that up after Flynn was exonerated by the FBI regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador.

Scaredy cats Pence and Priebus blew up at Flynn.  But consider the possibility that it was simple miscommunication and, at any rate, just a personnel matter that should have been handled internally.  Flynn was making and taking calls with scores of government representatives in the days leading up to the inauguration.  If his memory was that he did nothing improper -- later found to be the case by the FBI -- and told Pence that, in so many words, there really was no misleading of Pence intended or taking place.

Mzhen's picture

But word is that dirty Woolsey was never at a meeting with Flynn and others.  And made up details he blabbed to media.

Gulen is a CIA asset.  And though old and feeble now, he's no "cleric."  Obama was certainly in on the coup to oust Erdogan.  That's just another mess Deep State janitor Mueller wants to clean up.

Mena Arkansas's picture

Woolsey is a POS.

He was a signatory on the PNAC letter to Clinton.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2008/1/27/444438/-

redmudhooch's picture

If Trump had any balls between his legs, Mueller would be under arrest by now for 9/11 coverup.

Along with many others, i fact, if he had any balls, he would have declared war on Israel and Sudis by now.

He has no balls.

roadhazard's picture

Trump sure knows how to pick the dregs.

East Indian's picture

Mueller is working for Clinton

Nah, he is working for Trump

Clinton is working for AIPAC

Nah, nah, Trump is working for AIPAC

Manafort worked for Trump

Wrong again, he was secretly working for Clinton campaign

Trump is working for the NWO

Nah, Obama is working for the NWO

 

At this rate, nobody in Washington will remember who they are working for.

J J Pettigrew's picture

And Trump and collusion is where, exactly?

Drop-Hammer's picture

Why the f*ck was this Turkish towel-head mutt in the U.S. in the first place?  Hell, I would pay LTG Flynn to kidnap and turn his ass over to the Turks.  

fiddy pence haff pound's picture

Mueller's Fishin Expedishin

He needs bigger headlines, every time.

Next, he gets Flynn to flip on Gulen and

subpoenas Erdogan so those two can

have a death match.

Apparatchik: Russia invaded Turkey in 1877

Mueller: There's no statute of limitations. Put Flynn in the klink.

Apparatchik: In truth, it was the Ottoman Empire.

Mueller: I don't care where Flynn is. Don't care if he's in

Madam Butterfly's wazoo. Get'im

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

You guys know I don't buy into any of the Russia shit and I fully acknowledge the witch hunt against Trump, is basically 99% bullshit, but and it is a but, this is the most PLAUSIBLE accusation the Deep state has come up with to date. Just saying.

oncemore's picture

Right so.

But now somebody, Sessions, has to look into Muller, his (non)activity around 9/11, his Israel and Saudi connections..

Thief shouts catch tied.