The Washington Post reports that the U.S. government has ample evidence that Turkey attempted to influence President Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 through adviser Michael Flynn. In 2018, a federal judge implied that Flynn was a “traitor,” and now proof of his treason has finally surfaced.
In a statement read aloud in court, prosecutors said that the government has “multiple independent pieces of information related to the Turkish government’s efforts to influence United States policy.” The statement was read by an attorney for Bijan Rafiekian, a former business partner of Flynn’s.
A businessman linked to the Turkish government allegedly began engaging with Flynn “because of Michael Flynn’s relationship with an ongoing presidential campaign.”
Rafiekian is accused of illegally lobbying for Turkey while he worked with Flynn and Ekim Alptekin, a Dutch-Turkish businessman. Prosecutors maintain that the government found Turkey had encouraged a relationship between Alptekin and Flynn which was unrelated to either Rafiekian or the Flynn Intel Group, their firm.
These new details indicate that Turkey had been using Flynn as a way to influence the presidential election.
Flynn, who formerly served as Trump’s first national security adviser, said he lied to the government about his relationship with Russia and Turkey during the campaign and during Trump’s transition to president.
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