Mueller probing pre-election Flynn meeting with California congressman

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Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is under investigation for ties to Russia and Turkey

The group also discussed how to set free a Turkish-Iranian gold trader, Reza Zarrab.

It is unclear how Flynn, as national security adviser, could have successfully carried out either alleged request.

Investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller are questioning witnesses about an alleged September 2016 meeting between Mike Flynn, who later briefly served as President Donald Trump's national security adviser, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a staunch advocate of policies that would help Russian Federation, two sources with knowledge of the investigation told NBC News.

Flynn, who is President Trump's former national security adviser, and his son Michael Flynn Jr. were allegedly were involved in a plan to deliver Fethullah Gulen to the Turkish government, which views Gulen as a political enemy and has pressed the USA for his extradition, The Journal reported. It was arranged by his lobbying firm, the Flynn Intel Group.

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The NBC News report said the evidence was related to Flynn's lobbying work throughout the latter half of 2016 - while he was a top Trump campaign surrogate - for a businessman with ties to the Turkish government.

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

"If Mueller has sufficient evidence that Flynn and his son were involved in this audacious plot to kidnap the cleric, the special counsel can use that to pressure the former Trump campaign associate to flip and tell the FBI everything he knows of relevance to the Russian Federation investigation".

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have asked at least four individuals about a meeting in mid-December at the "21" Club in New York City, where Mr. Flynn and representatives of the Turkish government discussed removing Mr. Gulen, according to people with knowledge of the FBI's inquiries.

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Mr Flynn served 24 days as Mr Trump's national security adviser but was sacked after it was discovered he had misrepresented his contacts with a Russian diplomat to Vice President Michael Pence. At the time, a spokesman for Flynn denied the allegation.

Mr Mueller is increasing pressure on Mr Flynn following his indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, NBC News said.

Nor did the attorney representing the elder Flynn, Robert Kelner. But today's news cycle has brought allegations against 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", they wrote in a statement. Flynn then retroactively registered as a foreign agent.

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