Mueller Investigating Flynn Meeting With Pro-Russia GOP Lawmaker

Mueller Investigating Flynn Meeting With Pro-Russia GOP Lawmaker

The retired lieutenant general had admitted lying to Vice President Mike Pence about a meeting with the Russian ambassador in which the lifting of USA sanctions was discussed.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the allegations involving Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., who reportedly were paid as much as $15 million for delivering Fethullah Gulen to the Turkish government, according to several reports.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether U.S. President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was involved in an alleged plan to seize a Muslim cleric and deliver him to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The Journal reported that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents asked at least four people about a December meeting in NY where Mr Flynn and Turkish government representatives discussed removing Mr Gulen, according to people with knowledge of the FBI's inquiries. Mueller's interest in the meeting and the possible discussion is the first known instance of a congressional member being involved in Mueller's Russian Federation probe, NBC News reported.

Flynn is now undergoing military, congressional, and criminal investigations into allegations that he hid his financial ties to Turkey and Russian Federation, and whether these ties impacted his work at the White House.

The people who described the alleged proposal said they didn't attend the December meeting and didn't have direct knowledge from Mr. Flynn or his associates about its purported details.

Flynn and others also are under investigation for allegedly plotting to free a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who is jailed in the U.S. Investigators are working to determine if Flynn's work for Turkey violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires Americans to disclose work on behalf of foreign governments. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has pressed the extradite him, views the cleric as a political enemy.

Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election and whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the race in his favor, has compiled enough evidence to bring charges against Flynn and his son, NBC News reported on Sunday. The administration says that Flynn was let go for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his interactions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The December meeting about Gulen was also reported Friday by NBC, which cited people familiar with the probe. The Daily Caller has reported that Flynn was contacted by DOJ's National Security Division on November 30. These include Flynn's partners, Bijan Kian and Brian McCauley, and Flynn's son, Michael G. Flynn. Flynn had written an op-ed in The Hill on Election Day calling on the USA government to extradite Gulen.