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Michael Flynn Associates Charged with Illegal Lobbying for Turkey to Help Dictator

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Two former business associates of President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, have been charged with conspiracy in connection with a secret campaign to extradite an enemy of the Turkish government.

Bijan Kian and Ekim Alptekin were indicted on charges of conspiring to violate federal lobbying rules, according to court documents that were unsealed Monday, The New York Times first reported

The pair are accused of helping Turkey pressure the U.S. to expel Fethullah Gulen, an enemy of Turkish President Recap Tayyip Erdogan, who is widely considered a dictator because of a history of human rights abuses and overseeing the lack of fair and open elections. He also has jailed journalists and opponents. 

Despite the serious and well-documented allegations, Trump has forged a close relationship with Erdogan’s government. Trump also has used similar tactics of calling the American media “fake” and an “enemy of the people.”

The investigation began in 2016 after Flynn, who has since been indicted for lying to the FBI and is awaiting sentencing, wrote an oped for The Hill, criticizing Gulen. 

The conspiracy deepens because sources recent said Trump was considering extraditing Gulen, a cleric living in Pennsylvania who has been accused by Turkey of helping instigate a failed coup of Erdogan’s corrupt government.

Turkish dictator Recap Tayyip Erdogan

The Washington Post reported Monday that Kian, who was a partner of Flynn’s Intel Group, appeared in court, but Alptekin, a Turkish businessman, remains in Turkey. 

Flynn, who has been convicted of lying to the FBI, is expected to be sentenced Dec. 18. He’s asking for no jail time for cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, whose 20-month investigation into Russia and Trump’s campaign aides have led to numerous indictments.

The new developments show that Mueller has broadened the investigation into unregistered foreign lobbyists and aides of Trump who had forged closed relationships with leaders with histories of human rights abuses.  

Mueller Investigating Flynn’s Role in Alleged Plot to Deliver Cleric to Turkey

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is accused of plotting to forcibly remove a Muslim cleric living in the U.S. and delivering him to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the allegations involving Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., who reportedly were paid as much as $15 million for delivering Fethullah Gulen to the Turkish government, according to several reports

Flynn is accused of meeting with senior Turkish officials in December, a few weeks before Trump’s inauguration, to discuss the return of Gulen, who is a rival of Turkish President Recep Erdogan.

Flynn and others also are under investigation for allegedly plotting to free a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who is jailed in the U.S.

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

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Secret Service Joins Probe into Violent Clash Between Protesters And Erdogan Bodyguards


By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service, State Department and D.C. police are investigating a violent clash between protesters and allies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outside the Turkish embassy in Washington.

Protesters were calling for the release of a Kurdish opposition party leader last week when they were violently attacked by a group of men that included Erdogan’s bodyguards.

Video shows allies of Erdogan, who was watching the melee, brutally attacking protesters, many of whom were left bleeding on the ground.

D.C. police eventually were able to separate the two groups, but not before several protesters were beaten so severely they needed to be hospitalized.

“The investigation is being conducted by the MPD, U.S. Secret Service, and Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service,” a State Department official told the Washington Free Beacon. “All three law enforcement organizations are actively sharing information.‎ However, as we have indicated before, as this is an ongoing investigation we will not go into specifics.”  

American Man Accused of Fighting for ISIS Was Not on FBI’s Radar

Syria mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An American man accused of fighting for ISIS and detained by Kurdish forces in Iraq was not on the FBI’s radar, the Washington Post reports. 

Mohamad Khweis traveled to Turkey and Greece for vacation with friends about two months ago, his family members said.

But the Kurdish publication, Rudaw, reported that Khweis traveled to Syria from Turkey two months ago and was arrested on his way back to Turkey.

Kurdish authorities said they hot at Khweis because they believed he was a suicide bomber. Khweis surrendered.

Friends of Khweis were shocked.

“I’m like, ‘I can’t even comprehend what I’m looking at right now,’” friend Harrison Weinhold, 27, of Alexandria, said. “It could not have been a more normal guy.”

More than 250 Americans have joined or attempted to join extremist groups overseas, according to a congressional report release last year.

Homeland Security Acknowledges It Released 2 Terrorists from Turkey Under Judge’s Order

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com  

Homeland Security was forced by a judge to release two men who admitted belonging to a terrorist group from Turkey, the Washington Times reports.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the agency released two of four men who were captured crossing the southern border and have since fled to Canada. The other two remain in custody.

Johnson said he had no choice but to release the suspects.

Although the men claimed to be members of the Revolutionary People’ Liberation/Front, a Marxist group, but counterterrorism officials believe they are members o f the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has been fighting for Kurdish rights in Turkey.

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FBI: Suburban Denver Woman Planned to Wage Jihad In Middle East

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman boarded a flight on her way to wage jihad in the Middle East.

But the Associated Press reports that authorities arrested her April 18 at the Denver International Airport, where she told agents she was en route to the Middle East to help start a holy war, according to the FBI.

Shannon Maureen Conley had “legitimate targets of attack” that included military facilities, government employees and public officials, the AP wrote.

Conley was charged with conspiring to help a foreign terrorist organization.

Investigators were told that Conley planned to fly to Turkey before traveling to Syria to become a housewife and nurse at a man’s camp.

FBI Arrest Two Men Accused of Conspiring to Commit Acts of Terrorism in U.S. or Abroad

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is accusing two men of conspiring and training to fight alongside terrorists in Syria or Yemen, the News & Observer reports.

The charges were the result of a one-year undercover investigation into the actions of Marsalis Brown, 21, and Akba Jihad Jordan, whose age was not disclosed in court records.

The suspects told undercover agents that they supported terrorism.

According to the FBI, Jordan wanted to commit violent acts in the U.S. or abroad. Brown had more specific plans and was arrested at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Wednesday en route to Turkey, where he’d then travel to Syria, investigators said.

Turkey Rejects FBI Mueller’s Request for Info About Travelers

Robert Mueller III/file photo

Robert Mueller III/file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III may not be getting the warm and fuzzy treatment from Turkey.

The BBC reports that a Turkish newspaper website,  Radikal, said Turkey had rejected Mueller’s request that the nation share biometric data on everyone who uses its ports and airports.

The website said Mueller, who visited Turkey last Wednesday, had asked for the info to track terrorists traveling through Turkey. It said Turkey immediately rejected the request.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara  issued a press release saying Mueller met in Turkey with Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin and Chief of Police Oguz Kagan Koksal to discuss counterterrorism and law enforcement matters.

Here is the press release.

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