Ex-CIA Director James Woolsey has said that he was in a meeting where Turkish officials met with Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to discuss removing Muslim cleric and Erdogan foe Fethullah Gulen from the US without going through the necessary legal process.
Talking to Wall Street Journal, Woolsey said that Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak and Foreign Minister Mevlut cavusoglu were also present in the meeting that took place on 19 September, 2016.
The ex-CIA director said that actual tactics were not discussed between the sides and that if this had been the case he would have opposed it and questioned the legality of the meeting. Woolsey added that he believed ‘taking Gulen to Turkey secretly’ was a bad idea and that he shared the contents of the meeting with the then Vice President Joe Biden.
It was recently revealed that Flynn, who was asked to resign by the Trump administration after he hid his contacts with Russia, was paid by a Turkish businessman to lobby on behalf of the Turkish government.