Two Former Michael Flynn Associates Indicted in Turkish Lobbying Investigation
Two former business associates of Michael Flynn have been indicted.
Per the New York Times, Bijan Kian and Ekim Alptekin have been charged in an investigation into Turkish lobbying:
Two former business associates of Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, have been indicted as part of a federal investigation into Turkey’s secret 2016 lobbying campaign to pressure the United States to expel a rival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan…
The indictment is further evidence of a broad crackdown on unregistered foreign lobbying growing from the inquiry by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel who has investigated foreign flows of money from Ukraine, Turkey and other countries designed to manipulate decision-making in Washington.
Alptekin is also being charged with lying to the FBI.
Flynn worked closely with Kian on trying to get cleric Fethullah Gulen extradited back to Turkey. The Turkish government has accused Gulen of helping in a failed coup.
If that name sounds familiar, it may be from the now-infamous op-ed Flynn wrote for The Hill on Election Day 2016 headlined “Our ally Turkey is in crisis and needs our support.” Months after writing that, Flynn admitted to the lobbying and registered as a foreign agent.
You can read the indictment here.
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