‘Outrageous and prejudicial’ allegation is false: Michael Flynn denies alleged $15 million plot to deliver cleric

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Former
National Security Adviser Michael Flynn at the White
House.

AP Photo/Carolyn
Kaster


The legal counsel of former national security adviser Michael
Flynn released a rare statement following
reports of an
alleged plan that Flynn may have discussed delivering a Muslim
cleric living in the US to the Turkish government.

“Out of respect for the process of the various investigations
regarding the 2016 campaign, we have intentionally avoided
responding to every rumor or allegation raised in the media,” a
statement from Flynn’s counsel said.

“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.”

Citing “people with knowledge of discussion,” the Wall Street
Journal reported Friday that Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn
Jr., were to receive $15 million
to deliver Fethullah Gulen,  a cleric
living in Pennsylvania who Turkish leader Recep Erdogan believes
is responsible for planning last year’s attempted coup and
generally fomenting dissent inside Turkey. Gulen has denied the
charges.

 

One of the methods to remove Gulen that were reportedly
discussed was to fly him on a private jet to a prison on a small
island in Turkey, according to The Journal.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has been reportedly investigating
Flynn’s alleged role in attempting to remove Gulen, amid his
expanding probe on President Donald Trump’s campaign ties with
Russia. According to an NBC News report, Mueller has compiled enough
evidence to charge both Flynn and Flynn Jr.

Prior to his abrupt ouster from the
White House, Flynn had strong ties with the Turkish government
through his lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group. The lobbying firm
is said to have worked on a documentary to help bolster
Turkey’s image, and previously lobbied
the US government to extradite Gulen.

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