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Schumer, Bharara Probed For Alleged Ties To Failed Turkey Coup Cleric

Via the New York Post (HT Empire Report):

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.

Read more at the New York Post

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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