The Turkish government has denied offering $15 million to ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn in a plot to kidnap an exiled cleric based in Pennsylvania.
The Turkish Embassy in Washington strongly pushed back on a Friday report that it was scheming with Flynn and his son to deliver Fethullah Gulen to Istanbul.
“All allegations that Turkey would resort to means external to the rule of law for his extradition are utterly false, ludicrous and groundless,” the statement said.
The denial comes after the Wall Street Journal reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Flynn’s role in the aborted plot.
FBI agents have grilled at least four people about a December meeting at the 21 Club in Midtown where Flynn and Turkish government officials allegedly discussed capturing Gulen, according to the Journal.
The group reportedly mulled the possibility of spiriting the 76-year-old cleric by private jet to a Turkish prison island.
The report marks the latest chapter in the legal saga embroiling the disgraced Flynn.
The onetime intelligence officer stepped down after 24 days in the White House because he failed to reveal that his firm was being paid $530,000 by Turkish interests.
Both Flynn and his son Michael Jr. are believed to be targets of Mueller’s probe.
Turkish leader Recep Erdogan believes that Gulen, a longtime critic, was responsible for masterminding a failed 2016 coup attempt.
Turkey formally requested Gulen’s extradition last September.
As months passed with no movement, the Turks allegedly reached out to Flynn to discuss the secret plot to hand over Gulen.
Flynn’s lawyers called the report bogus, adding that it was “outrageous and prejudicial.”
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