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Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Mike Flynn and his son’s alleged plot to kidnap a Muslim cleric living in the U.S. and hand him over to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars.
The former national security adviser to President Donald Trump and his son, Mike Flynn Jr., would have been paid up to $15 million for delivering Fethullah Gulen to the Turkish government, according to sources familiar with the investigation who spoke to the Wall Street Journal.
FBI agents have questioned at least four individuals about a meeting in December 2016, during the presidential transition, at the 21 Club in New York City, where Flynn met with representatives of the Turkish government.
That meeting was a follow-up to a secret Sept. 19 meeting attended by former CIA director James Woolsey, who said Flynn and others discussed “a covert step in the dead of night to whisk this guy away.”
The potential witness is Riza Zarrab, a debonair Turkish gold dealer with a TV star wife. He has disappeared from a New York jail. He missed his trial dates on charges of violating sanctions on dealing with Iran, and is potentially destined for the Witness Protection Program, according to published accounts.
In Turkey, the opposition parties hailed US attorney Prett Bharara as a hero for catching Zarrab. The Turkish government angrily objected to the arrests and Turkish prosecutors are investigating Bharara regarding how the US obtained the dossiers and wiretap transcripts used to indict Zarrab. The Turkish government, who paid Flynn $530,000 during 2016, met with Flynn to investigate ways to spring Zarrab. Rudy Giuliani and former US Attorney General Michael Mukasey met with the Turks also, and began applying political pressure to get the US to drop the charges against Zarrab.
Zarrab is more than a suavely dressed, darkly handsome playboy who ran afoul of international diplomatic intrigue. He also trafficked in prostitutes and heroin, according to the leaked Turkish Prosecutor’s dossier.
Zarrab’s operations also participated in sex trafficking of women as payoffs to corrupt Dubai law enforcement officials.