Turkey has announced that they are investigating New York State senator Chuck Schumer, along with ex-New York Attorney General Preet Bharara, and 17 other American individuals, for their alleged ties to cleric Fethullah Gulen, who fled from Turkey in the 1990’s and is now suspected of staging a coup from across the ocean.
Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has labeled Gulen’s network of followers the Fethullah Terrorist Organization, or FETO. Erdogan has also repeatedly asked the US to extradite the Imam to Turkey.
Turkish investigators say they’re interested in Chuck Schumer because of donations he’s received from Gulen’s supporters, of which many live in New York.
The Daily Caller has more:
Zarrab is said to have information that could implicate Erdogan and other senior Turkish government officials in the sanctions-busting scheme. Erodgan has accused Bharara of being a Gulen follower.
The complaint also names several Gulenists who operate non-profit organizations here in the U.S. One of those is Recep Ozkan, the former president of the Gulen-linked Turkish Cultural Center. Ozkan donated heavily to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns and as much as $1 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Another target of the probe is Ahmet Sait Yayla, a professor at George Mason University and a former top official in the Turkish national police’s counter-terrorism division. Yayla has written several articles accusing the Turkish government of allowing ISIS terrorists to pass freely through Turkey.
The Daily Caller reported earlier this month that Yayla is one of several exiled Turkish citizens who were followed and surveilled last year before being identified in news articles published in Turkey. Yayla told TheDC that he believes that the Turkish government is behind the spying.