Flynn’s Turkish lobbying client complained about Trump not defending Turkey publicly
A Turkish businessman who paid General Michael T. Flynn $530,000 for a campaign to advance Turkish government’s case in Washington in 2016 explicitly complained to a Flynn aide that then-candidate Donald Trump was not being supportive enough, Politico reported on Friday.
Flynn, U.S. President Trump’s former National Security Adviser, admitted in 2017 that his company received payments from the Turkish government to advance Ankara’s interests during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
The critique to Flynn’s aide was offered by Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin who is being charged with conspiring to helping to extradite Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen from the United States, Politico said.
Turkey accuses Gülen and the religious group he leads of orchestrating a failed coup attempt in 2016.
A memo of by Mike Boston, a former U.S. intelligence officer working with Flynn, obtained during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation includes Alptekin’s complaints, Politico said.
“Trump didn’t defend Turkey publicly,” the notes say. “Potentially ask questions about $.”
The memo has become part of the criminal case against former Flynn business partner Bijan Rafiekian, who is charged with acting as an unregistered agent for Turkey in the United States. Alptekin, who is at large, was also charged in the indictment filed against Rafiekian last December.