The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is probing an alleged plot for Michael Flynn and his son to kidnap a cleric living in the U.S. and deliver him to the Turkish government for a $15 million fee.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan viewed cleric Fethullah Gulen as an enemy of the state and had been pressing the United States to extradite him.
The Journal reported that FBI agents have asked at least four individuals about a meeting in mid-December in which Flynn and a representative from the Turkish government discussed putting Gulen on a private jet and carting him off to the Turkish prison island of Imrali.
The meeting was held at New York City’s ’21’ Club.
The Wall Street Journal said its sources weren’t on hand at the December meeting, but were familiar with the Mueller investigation, though didn’t know how deep the special counsel was probing the plot.
There is no indication the $15 million changed hands.
A spokesman for Mueller didn’t comment to the Wall Street Journal and neither did lawyers for both Flynns.