Sessions denies Flynn -Turkey link after election
In response to California State Democrat Zoe Lofgren's question about Flynn, Sessions said he does not believe Flynn worked for the Turkish government on extraditing U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, widely believed to have orchestrated the July15, 2016 failed coup attempt, after the election.
In addition, Sessions said he did not have any information related to the case when asked if he was aware that Flynn was working with the Turkish government while acting as a surrogate for the Trump campaign, Anadolu Agency reported.
The questions came after The Wall Street Journal claimed in a story that investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller on a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S election had found that Flynn had met with Turkish representatives twice last year.
According to the story, the latest meeting with Turkish officials took place last December, weeks before Donald Trump's inauguration, in which Flynn and his son Michael Flynn Jr. were offered $15 million to kidnap Gülen from his multimillion-dollar complex in Pennsylvania.
“I am aware that the Turkish government continues to press the federal government with regard to seeking the return of Mr. Gülen to Turkey and our department had a role to play in that, although I am not at liberty to discuss details of that," he said.