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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:52 pm

Seeing all this I am amazed that Mueller didn't recommended prison time for Flynn.


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Post by Kendra » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:59 pm

Volkonski wrote:
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Seeing all this I am amazed that Mueller didn't recommended prison time for Flynn.
He must have given up a whole lot of info in return.



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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:44 pm

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I'll be at the arraignment hearing for Bijan Kian tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM here at EDVA. @CourthouseNews


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Post by Kendra » Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:50 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:44 pm
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I'll be at the arraignment hearing for Bijan Kian tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM here at EDVA. @CourthouseNews
Ooooooooooooh! :popcorn:



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Today marks the 5th anniversary of the 2013 corruption probe in Turkey.

U.S. federal prosecutors must know this. In fact, they refer to it in the indictment, which was dated five days earlier on Dec. 12.

This is certainly not lost on those following in Turkey. h/t @NeyNeyse


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:17 pm

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DOJ's press release on the charges: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-men- ... government

I strikes me as seriously weird, even w Flynn's cooperation, to throw so many counts at the business partners of the former National Security Advisor and leave him as an unindicted co-conspirator facing no jail time.


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:22 pm

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To dispel a rumor:

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu was quoted in the Turkish press today as claiming that Gulenists were arrested in New Jersey.

Spox for U.S. Attorney's office of New Jersey to me: "No one charged here."


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Post by Volkonski » Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:15 pm

Former business associate of Michael Flynn pleads not guilty

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Flynn Intel Group co-founder Bijan Rafiekian, also known as Bijan Kian, was charged with conspiracy and acting as an agent of a foreign government and appeared in Virginia federal court Tuesday morning.

The charges come amid a sweep of prosecutions of individuals illegally lobbying for foreign governments -- previously a rarely charged crime -- and amid special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into influence in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The other defendant in the case, Dutch-Turkish businessman Kamil Ekim Alptekin, is charged with the same two crimes as well as lying to the FBI. He lives in Istanbul and has not appeared in US court. Prosecutors for the case told District Judge Anthony Trenga that they do "not anticipate" he will come to the US. There is a warrant out for his arrest.

The judge set the 66-year-old Californian's trial for February 11. Kian will also remain released on bail.


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Post by Volkonski » Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:25 pm

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Sanders on possible extradition of Gulen to Turkey: "The only thing [Trump] said is we would take a look at it but nothing committal at all, just that he'll look into it."


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Post by Addie » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:26 pm

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Spurning Erdogan’s Vision, Turks Leave in Droves, Draining Money and Talent

ISTANBUL — For 17 years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won elections by offering voters a vision of restoring the glories of Turkey’s Ottoman past. He extended his country’s influence with increased trade and military deployments, and he raised living standards with years of unbroken economic growth.

But after a failed 2016 coup, Mr. Erdogan embarked on a sweeping crackdown. Last year, the economy wobbled and the lira plunged soon after he won re-election with even greater powers. As cronyism and authoritarianism seep deeper into his administration, Turks are voting differently — this time with their feet.

They are leaving the country in droves and taking talent and capital with them in a way that indicates a broad and alarming loss of confidence in Mr. Erdogan’s vision, according to government statistics and analysts.

In the last two to three years, not only have students and academics fled the country, but also entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and thousands of wealthy individuals who are selling everything and moving their families and their money abroad.

More than a quarter of a million Turks emigrated in 2017, according to the Turkish Institute of Statistics, an increase of 42 percent over 2016, when nearly 178,000 citizens left the country.



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Post by Volkonski » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:48 pm

Bolton's days in the Trump administration may be numbered.
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Ouch. As Bolton flies home from Turkey with no Erdogan meeting, the lead editorial in the pro-government Daily Sabah: "A soft coup against Donald Trump" -
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If U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton thought yesterday's visit was going to be a walk in the park, he must have had a rude awakening thanks to the lukewarm reception in the Turkish capital Ankara. In retrospect, it was probably a bad idea for Bolton to go rogue and try to impose conditions on the United States withdrawal from Syria. Keeping in mind that Turkey was already getting ready to send its troops to northern Syria before U.S. President Donald Trump's surprise announcement last month, it is time for Washington to accept that it isn't negotiating with Turkey from a position of power.

If there was ever any doubt that the resistance within the Trump administration wasn't real, what happened in light of Trump's decision to leave disproved the skeptics. Bolton and several other members of the Trump administration are committing a serious crime by preventing the current president of the United States from reversing his predecessor's misguided decisions in the Syrian theater. What is happening today isn't a policy debate, but a direct challenge to American democracy by unelected paper-pushers. Indeed, "many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate" President Trump's agenda.

A soft coup against Trump is underway in the United States. In recent days, anonymous U.S. officials, like the author of the infamous op-ed in The New York Times, have repeatedly lied to the American people in an attempt to force Trump to walk back from his comments about Syria. Turkey, they said, would "slaughter the Kurds" if U.S. military advisers leave the battlefield unconditionally. Although Turkey did not respond to that ludicrous accusation due to its absurdity, the speed at which such lies have been spreading demonstrates that malice, not ignorance, drives them.

Home to more ethnic Kurds than any other country, Turkey emerged as a safe haven for its Kurdish neighbors whenever they found themselves at risk. The Turkish government welcomed tens of thousands of Iraqi Kurds who escaped the horrors of then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's atrocious regime. More recently, Syrian Kurds sought refuge in Turkey as Daesh terrorists advanced toward the border town of Kobani. Meanwhile, for the past three decades, Turkish security forces have been trying to save Turkey's own Kurds from the oppression of the designated terrorist organization PKK and its radical Marxist ideology.


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:41 pm

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NEW: Pres. Trump spoke to Turkish Pres. Erdogan, addressing Turkey's security concerns in northeast Syria and stressing that Turkey "not mistreat the Kurds and other Syrian Democratic Forces with whom we have fought to defeat ISIS," White House says. https://abcn.ws/2D80oqT
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Wonder what Erdogan said.


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