On Monday The New York Times reported that two former business partners of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn were indicted in federal court:
Charges against the two former associates – Bijan Kian and Ekim Alptekin – were unsealed on Monday in an Alexandria Va., courtroom.
The two men were charged with a conspiracy to violate federal lobbying rules and Mr. Alptekin also was charged with making false statements to F.B.I. investigators.
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.
Mr. Mueller referred the Turkey case to prosecutors in Northern Virginia earlier this year.
Flynn – who pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators in the Russia probe last year and who Mueller told a court has provided ‘substantial assistance’ to the investigation has been unsettlingly close to the Turkish government.
In 2016 he wrote an editorial attacking Fethullah Gulen – a dissident cleric living in the United States who was accused by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an of masterminding a failed coup attempt against him.
Flynn and his son were even accused of plotting a conspiracy to kidnap Gulen and hand him over to Turkish authorities.