National Security

Report: Flynn Lobbied For Extrajudicial Removal of a Turkish Government Foe

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Former Trump campaign and national security adviser Michael Flynn admitted to lobbying on behalf of the government of Turkey by retroactively registering as a foreign agent, but what exactly did he lobby for on behalf of Turkey?

Flynn admitted that his work “could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey," but I don't see how this could be "construed" any other way.

According to former CIA Director James Woolsey and several others who spoke to the Wall Street Journal, Flynn met with Turkish officials and discussed the extrajudicial removal of cleric living in Pennsylvania which the Turkish government has accused of conspiracy.

The discussion late last summer involved ideas about how to get Fethullah Gulen, a cleric whom Turkey has accused of orchestrating last summer’s failed military coup, to Turkey without going through the U.S. extradition legal process, according to Mr. Woolsey and those who were briefed. [...]

The ministers in attendance included the son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country’s foreign minister, foreign-lobbying disclosure documents show.

Mr. Woolsey said the idea was “a covert step in the dead of night to whisk this guy away.” The discussion, he said, didn’t include actual tactics for removing Mr. Gulen from his U.S. home. If specific plans had been discussed, Mr. Woolsey said, he would have spoken up and questioned their legality.

Flynn's spokesman has denied that he discussed the "nonjudicial physical removal" of Mr. Gulen, which is an awfully specific denial.

Flynn hasn't exactly given anyone much reason to take his word for it.

  • mnpollio

    Am I the only one thinking that the media at large is being too “nice” about all of these Flynn/Russian developments and Trump? I think we know for a fact that if this were still Obama or if Hillary Clinton were in the White House and anything remotely similar to this was unfolding, Fox News would be screaming itself hoarse 24/7 demanding investigations, firings, jailings, etc., and the mainstream media would follow its leads. Instead, everything seems entirely too calm and respectful regarding all of these events. I am thinking we should be seeing a lot more widespread outrage over all of these revelations.

  • ninjaf

    I hope Gulen has made his way to Canada by now. For his own safety.

  • muselet

    Goodness, what a slimy little creature Michael Flynn is. We’re well rid of him.


  • So let me get this straight…Flynn has been caught conspiring to kidnap an elderly man on behalf of a foreign government? That sounds like a felony to me but I’m not lawyer.

    • I agree, although I am also not a lawyer.

  • Aynwrong

    A few years ago Michelle Bachman (the eyes, THE EYES!) described the Obama Administration as “gangster government.” Always trust a Republican’s wild projection. Sooner or later it will prove 100% accurate.

    • Victor the Crab

      Too many dumbfuck Americans believe that.