Associates Of Michael Flynn Charged In Alleged Scheme To Smear Turkish Cleric

Associates Of Michael Flynn Charged In Alleged Scheme To Smear Turkish Cleric

Flynn is subject to the ongoing investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Flynn is not charged in the Virginia case against his colleagues because federal prosecutors have said Flynn gave "substantial assistance" by cooperating with Mueller and on other investigations, likely including the Kian and Alptekin case. Months after writing that, Flynn admitted to the lobbying and registered as a foreign agent.

Flynn, Kian, and Alptekin drew up a contract in which Alptekin's firm paid hundreds of thousands to Flynn Intel Group, Flynn's consulting group, for delivering "findings and results including but not limited to making criminal referrals" against Gulen, The Washington Post reports.

Flynn first triggered attention from the Justice Department after writing a November 8, 2016 op-ed in The Hill titled "Our Ally Turkey Is In Crisis And Needs Our Support", in which the former Defense Intelligence Agency director advocated for Gulen's removal from the USA, calling him a "radical cleric". The Turkish government has accused Gulen of helping in a failed coup. Alptekin, a dual Dutch-Turkish citizen, engaged Flynn and Rafiekian to conduct an opposition research and lobbying effort focusing on Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish imam and writer living in the United States. Alptekin was also charged with three counts of lying to the federal agents, court documents reveal.

Kian's lawyer, Robert Trout, declined comment after today's hearing. Further, prosecutors say Alptekin "directed and funded" Flynn and Kian's activities and later lied to investigators concerning his efforts.

The Daily Caller uncovered the relationship between Flynn Intel and Inovo days after Flynn published an Election Day op-ed at The Hill calling for Gulen's extradition. Flynn has denied these reports, but Turkey has had Gulen's follower rendered illegally back to its territory from other countries-including, most recently, Kosovo.

Flynn served as Donald Trump's national security adviser in the first weeks of his presidency
Flynn served as Donald Trump's national security adviser in the first weeks of his presidency

During an interview with ABC News in May 2017 Alptekin had denied ever working for the Turkish government.

Although Flynn, identified as "Person A", is described in the court filing as heavily involved in the lobbying operation, he is not a defendant in the new indictment. They tried to hide from U.S. authorities that some $530,000 in payments to the Flynn Intel Group were for work on behalf of the Turkish government, prosecutors allege.

On July 27, 2016, according to the indictment, Kian wrote to Alptekin that he'd had a "detailed discussion" with Flynn and "we are ready to engage on what needs to be done".

On Nov. 8, 2016 - the day of the United States presidential election - an op-ed appeared in The Hill newspaper under Flynn's byline that repeated Kian's "apple tree" language, comparing Gulen with Khomeini. Prosecutors recommended he serve no prison time, and said he helped with Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, and also a separate criminal investigation.

Last December, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paul Pogba mocks Jose Mourinho on social media after Manchester United sacking
Dec 19, 2018 - 02:02
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has poked fun at sacked manager Jose Mourinho with a provocative post on social media. Mourinho lasted 2 1/2 years at United and won two titles, the English League Cup and the Europa League in his first season.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Oil prices edge up on hopes global supplies will tighten
Dec 19, 2018 - 02:01
January crude was up 41 cents, or 0.8%, at $52.06 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The global benchmark crude traded at an $8.33-a-barrel premium to WTI for the same month.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top IPL Auction 2019: Five overseas players who could become millionaires
Dec 19, 2018 - 02:00
Shami, who turned up for Delhi last season, was sold to KXIP while Mohit went back to Chennai Super Kings after a stint with KXIP. Mumbai Indians also brought back Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga , who served the team for long, at his base price of Rs 2 crore.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top More produce recalled after possible E. coli outbreak
Dec 18, 2018 - 00:50
So far, almost 60 illnesses from contaminated romaine lettuce have been reported in 15 states, with 23 people being hospitalized. Red and green leaf lettuce was distributed in California, Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Pennsylvania, Washington and Canada.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Philippines contestant Catriona Gray named Miss Universe
Dec 18, 2018 - 00:22
Havey notoriously announced the wrong victor by mistake and issuing an apology during the 2015 Miss Universe live broadcast. The 24-year-old singer and model was seen in a sparkling red dress, which was inspired by the volcano in the Philippines.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top United and PSG set for Champions League showdown
Dec 17, 2018 - 19:29
Salihamidzic said, quoted by " Liverpool are the hottest team right now and top of the Premier League table". Also, three-time defending champion Real Madrid will first play at Ajax, while Barcelona was drawn with Lyon .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death
Dec 17, 2018 - 19:28
The United States maintains that UN sanctions will remain in place until North Korea has fully scrapped its weapons programs. Trump said in a news conference after the midterm elections he expects to meet with Kim sometime early next year.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Marco Silva disappointed with Everton's finishing in Manchester City defeat
Dec 16, 2018 - 01:20
Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back for Everton but, just four minutes later, Raheem Sterling sealed a comfortable win. Laporte went down at the end of Manchester City's 3-1 win over Everton with what looked like a head injury.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump says he is innocent in legal scandal, blames lawyer
Dec 15, 2018 - 01:12
Politically, Trump's shifting claims could harm his credibility with voters, but legally they may not make much of a difference. Stephanopoulos: And he was doing that to help his election? That gets to the crux of the issue .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Champions League round of 16 draw details revealed
Dec 15, 2018 - 00:32
As well as helping Liverpool reach the Champions League final, Salah scored twice for Egypt at this year's World Cup. Former Liverpool and United midfielder Paul Ince is torn on who would take the number one jersey in a combined team.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pelosi agrees to step aside 2022 to appease Democratic rebels
Dec 14, 2018 - 01:06
Several aides said they believed restlessness by younger members to move up in leadership would make that hard for her to achieve. But a defence department said later: "To date, there is no plan to build sections of the wall".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Congress picks Kamal Nath as MP chief minister, Scindia loses out
Dec 13, 2018 - 01:16
Election in the Ramgarh constituency was countermanded due to the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh. Interestingly, Congress had come up with two different strategies for the two big states.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top How Will The Leadership Challenge To British PM Theresa May Work?
Dec 13, 2018 - 01:00
He gave the same answer when asked if she had told her Cabinet colleagues that she meant to stand down before the next election. If she survives Wednesday's vote, May could still face a further confidence motion in the House of Commons at a later date.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Michael Kovrig, former Canadian diplomat, reportedly arrested in China
Dec 12, 2018 - 23:59
Earlier Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government has contacted Chinese authorities about Kovrig's detention. Some 20 Chinese police officers patrolled outside Canada's embassy on Wednesday but they refused to explain their presence.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Man City’s Raheem Sterling says media coverage fuels racism
Dec 12, 2018 - 23:51
In his post, England global Sterling cites newspaper headlines about team-mates Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden buying houses. Sterling endured alleged racial abuse from a Chelsea fan during City's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.