A Turkish prosecutor is investigating 17 Americans, including Sen. Chuck Schumer and former US Attorney Preet Bharara, for alleged ties to a Poconos cleric blamed for unrest in Turkey.
Turkey claims Fethullah Gulen orchestrated the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogğan last July — and the government has designated Gulen’s movement a terrorist organization. Gulen denies the charges.
“Banned by Putin & now accused by Erdogan,” Bharara joked in a tweet Saturday evening. “Not saying pattern, but if [Philippine President Rodrigo] Duterte charges me w/drug trafficking, I’m gonna think something’s up.’’
When Bharara had Reza Zarrab — a dual Turkish-Iranian citizen with close ties to Erdogan — indicted last year, the Turkish president accused Bharara of being a Gulen sympathizer.