Ex-Trump adviser Flynn accused of bizarre kidnapping plot
Kidnapping allegations levelled at former US security adviser Michael Flynn have been described by his lawyers as "outrageous" and "false".
- Michael Flynn accused of plotting to kidnap Fetullah Gulen
- FBI ask questions about alleged meeting Mr Flynn had in December
- Mr Flynn's lawyers say allegations are false
The Wall Street Journal reported Mr Flynn was under investigation in connection with an alleged plan to seize a prominent Muslim cleric and deliver him to Turkey.
Under the alleged proposal, Mr Flynn was to be paid close to $20 million for delivering Fetullah Gulen to the Turkish Government.
Laywers representing Mr Flynn, a former national security adviser to US President Donald Trump, rubbished report, that included allegations "ranging from kidnapping to bribery".
Robert Kelner, Stephen Anthony and Brian Smith said out of respect for the various investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, they had avoided responding to, "every rumour or allegation raised in the media".
"But today's news cycle has brought allegations about 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 said in a statement.
FBI investigate alleged secret meeting
The BBC reports Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the alleged plot stemmed from the probe into the alleged Russian interference in last year's presidential election.
Mr Mueller's team is investigating the accusations Mr Flynn discussed the plot to kidnap Mr Gulen, who is leaving Pennsylvania.
The Wall Street Journal reports the FBI asked four people about a meeting in December last year when Mr Flynn and a representative from the Turkish Government allegedly talked about putting Mr Gulen on a private plane and transporting him to Imrali, a Turkish prison island.
The meeting allegedly took place after he was given the job of national security adviser at the White House.
Mr Flynn resigned from the White House in February after reports he misled administration officials about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the US.
His departure came less than one month into the Trump administration.