Ex-Trump aide Flynn denies Muslim cleric kidnap plan claims

Ex-Trump aide Flynn denies Muslim cleric kidnap plan claims

Mueller is now reported to have gathered sufficient evidence to bring charges against Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr, which would bring his investigation another leap closer to Trump.

Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 USA 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.

As part of his investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 campaign, FBI Special Investigator Robert Mueller is questioning witnesses about a meeting that allegedly took place shortly before the election between Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and former Trump advisor Michael Flynn, NBC is reporting.

This meeting was held in December - after the USA presidential election and during Donald Trump's transition period - as Flynn was preparing to oversee national-security policy at the White House.

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The report in the Wall Street Journal is the latest of a string of allegations facing Flynn, a retired general and former head of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA). "A covert step in the dead of night to whisk this guy away", Woolsey described the plan underlining that he attended the meeting at the request of one of Mr. Flynn's business associates.

Flynn allegedly discussed the plot at a meeting in NY in December 2016, when he was a member of then U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.

The Journal report did not allege that any money changed hands and did not detail how far the plan may have developed. Flynn has expressed interest in an immunity deal and Mueller, in his dealings with former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, has shown himself ready to negotiate.

The meeting happened, however, after Flynn had already been offered the job of national security adviser in the Trump White House. Flynn then retroactively registered as a foreign agent.

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Flynn was sacked after just 24 days as Trump's national security adviser over misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.

As a rule, they said, they do not comment on news reports involving their client.

Flynn resigned almost three weeks after Sally Yates, the acting attorney general at the time, warned the White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail over his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.

Most of what has been reported about Mueller's questioning of Flynn's lobbying work has concerned his efforts on behalf of Turkey.

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