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Michael Flynn's business partner is charged with illegal lobbying for Turkey

Rachel Weiner Local reporter covering federal court in Alexandria, Va. And local court in Arlington and Alexandria. December 17 at 10:37 A former business partner of Michael Flynn is being accused of acting as a foreign government government and conspiracy to try to get the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen out of the United States. Bijan Kian made his first appearance in Alexandria's federal court on Monday morning. According to the accusation, Kian collaborated with Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin to illegally lobby US government officials and affect public opinion in the United States against the Gulen. The Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin is accused of directing and financing Kian and Flynns work and then lying in the US archiving his role. He is accused of the same crime as Kian and makes false statements, but he is still in Turkey. Flynn, who served as President Trump's National Security Advisor during his first weeks of service, is identified in the charge as "Person A." Flynn will soon be sentenced to lie to FBI agents as part of the Special Council's investigation into Russian involvement in 2016 election. Prosecutors asked for no prison for Flynn, referring to his "significant help". The Turkish government blames Gulen, who lives in exile in Pennsylvania, to start a failed coup in 2016. "I just ended in Ankara after several meetings today" with Turkish ministers, Alptekin wrote to Rafiekian and Flynn according to the accusation . "I have a green light to discuss the confidentiality, budget and scope of…

A former business partner of Michael Flynn is being accused of acting as a foreign government government and conspiracy to try to get the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen out of the United States.

Bijan Kian made his first appearance in Alexandria’s federal court on Monday morning. According to the accusation, Kian collaborated with Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin to illegally lobby US government officials and affect public opinion in the United States against the Gulen.

The Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin is accused of directing and financing Kian and Flynns work and then lying in the US archiving his role. He is accused of the same crime as Kian and makes false statements, but he is still in Turkey.

Flynn, who served as President Trump’s National Security Advisor during his first weeks of service, is identified in the charge as “Person A.” Flynn will soon be sentenced to lie to FBI agents as part of the Special Council’s investigation into Russian involvement in 2016 election. Prosecutors asked for no prison for Flynn, referring to his “significant help”.

The Turkish government blames Gulen, who lives in exile in Pennsylvania, to start a failed coup in 2016.

“I just ended in Ankara after several meetings today” with Turkish ministers, Alptekin wrote to Rafiekian and Flynn according to the accusation . “I have a green light to discuss the confidentiality, budget and scope of the contract.”

Kian got out on a personal recognition federation, with the sole condition that he holds the probation office at the top with his movements. Defense Attorney Robert Trout told a Judge Kian was currently moving from California to the D.C. area. Forell declined to comment on the procedure.

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