Dec 26 2017

Turkey hires another high-profile D.C. lawyer for ‘legal matter’

The Turkish government hired Andrew C. Hruska, a long-time friend of FBI Director Christopher Wray, to prepare an unspecified proposal for cooperation between Turkish and U.S. administrations, Daily Caller, a conservative news website reported.

The law firm King & Spalding, where Hruska is a partner, filed the documents on Dec. 21 to register as a foreign agent of Turkey.

Signed by Turkey’s Ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kılıç, the document stated the nature of the agreement as follows:

“to prepare and present a proposal to the U.S. Department of Justice for cooperation between the governments of the United States and Turkey regarding the handling of a U.S. legal matter.”

The original contract between the Turkish ambassador and the law firm was signed on Nov. 21, the document showed, for twelve months of legal advice and representation in connection with U.S. legislation and law enforcement matters, as well as international rules.

The fees and expenses of the agreement were censored on the contract, a large part of the “Conflicts” section was also blacked out.

“Hruska’s hiring fits Ankara’s pattern of hiring well-connected lobbyists and lawyers to handle some of its most controversial projects,” Daily Caller said.

Since 2005, current FBI director Wray has joined the King and Spalding Company and left his job to work for the government. King and Spalding’s law firm represented Gulen movement’s Bank Asya in 2013.

The law firm that Wray was a partner claimed on their internet site that they are the “Best Legal Advisors in Islamic Finance.”

The company represented Bank Asya, which was the largest Islamic finance bank in Turkey at that times, to the world of Islamic Finance with an agreement made on 2 April 2013. Bank Asya was Gulenist financial institution until it shut by the Turkish Government last year.

Turkey has previously hired U.S. President Donald Trump’s confidant Rudolph Giuliani to negotiate a deal between Turkey and the U.S. in order to “prevent the Zarrab case from going to trial,” the report said.

Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab was the main defendant until he turned government witness against Turkish state lender Halkbank’s former manager Hakan Atilla.

Turkey and Halkbank also hired Ballard Partners, one of the Trump’s fundraisers, for $1.125 million, Daily Caller wrote, to discuss “U.S.-Turkey relations” with White House officials.

The Turkish government also hired Trump’s former national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn for a fee of $600,000 to lobby against U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen.

Turkey officially requested the extradition of Gülen in relation to the July 2016 coup attempt, turning over evidence on the controversial figure. Gülen denies any involvement in the event, and the U.S. Department of Justice has indicated the evidence is not sufficient to support Turkey’s allegations.

Another case of concern involves Turkish security personnel involved in an attack on U.S. citizens who were protesting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during his official visit in May.

Ahval has reported earlier that the charges against Erdoğan’s bodyguards were dropped by the prosecutors.

“There is no indication that Hruska has been involved in those cases,” Daily Caller noted.