US special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the US elections, is also investigating an attempt by former national security advisor Michael Flynn to kidnap the US-based Turkish dissent Fethullah Gulen.
Flynn, who has a history of anti-Muslim statements, has described Gulen as a “radical Islamist”, and the investigations are looking into a claim that he received $15 million to return Gulen to Turkey.
His firm was also hired by a pro-Turkish government business man for $530,000 to lobby on behalf of the Turkish government.
Gulen is accused by the Turkish government of organising the failed coup in June 2016 against President Recep Teyyip Erdoğan, despite Gulen’s repeated denial of the accusation.
Erdoğan is still running a crackdown against those he considers to be Gulen’s supporters in Turkey, accusing them of colluding to overthrow his regime.
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