FBI Russia investigation looking into Rohrabacher meeting with former Trump advisor

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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.

The Wall Street Journal reported on November 10 that Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., had discussed with Turkish representatives ways to hand over cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of instigating an attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July.

The probe into the alleged Gulen plot is part of Mueller's larger investigation into alleged improper contacts between Trump representatives and agents of the Russian government during and after the 2016 US presidential election.

Authorities said the meeting allegedly occurred at an upscale restaurant just a few blocks from Trump Tower.

Today's Wall Street Journal report refers to another meeting, held three months later, in which the same topic was discussed: Flynn would "forcibly remove" Gulen, send him to Turkey, and receive millions of dollars for his efforts.

The conspiracy alleged - through hearsay, apparently - would have required Flynn to either push the federal government to change its mind about Gulen and extradite him or remove him by other means.

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Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 United States 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.

This meeting was held in December - after the USA presidential election and during Donald Trump's transition period - as Flynn was preparing to oversee national-security policy at the White House.

Lawyers for Mr Flynn labelled the allegations "outrageous" and "false". Instead, Mueller made his first public splash by indicting Paul Manafort and his aide Rick Gates and cutting a plea deal with foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos - all for conduct during or predating the campaign.

One source said Gülen would be seized and flown by private jet to the Turkish prison island of Imrali.

"If the facts involving Flynn and his son are true, or even mostly true, it indicates an incredible propensity for outrageously illegal conduct", said Ryan Goodman, a NY law professor and former Pentagon counsel.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is leading an investigation looking into the Trump campaign's supposed ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

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