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Or is horrific debacle nothing more than a ruse to avid levying sanctions on Turkey?

#Halkbank #Zarrab #Gulen #Giuliani #Flynn #TurkeyGate… via @NYTimes

TeamTrump & Erdogan’s interests are so intertwined from Fethullah Gülen kidnapping op (Flynn & Giulani) to the Zarrab/Halkbank scandals.
Also Ballard Partners lobbying efforts for Halkbank Trump’s direction to Mnuchin & Barr re Halkbank case

2018 Ballard Partners, which has close ties to the Trump administration, has signed on as DC representative for Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS (HalkBank) the Turkish state-owned bank, on financial services matters.…
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1/ “This is one of the most serious Iran sanctions violations we have seen” - U.S. Justice Dept. official on indictment of Turkey's Halkbank on sanctions violations. Important development via @EricLiptonNYT
@EricLiptonNYT 2/ The charges against Halkbank come as Trump's administration "sought ways to project that it was taking a tough line with Turkey after Trump effectively signaled this month that the United States would not stand in the way of Turkey’s desire to send forces into northern Syria."
@EricLiptonNYT 3/ If the Halkbank case goes to trial in N.Y., it could mean a return to the witness stand for Reza #Zarrab, the Turkish-Iranian gold trader who pleaded guilty, has been cooperating with the U.S. and testified against a bank official, Hakan Atilla, who was convicted last year.
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1. I reported on #Zarrab case starting with his Miami arrest in 2015. Based on knowledge of the way the new indictments are handled on line, I conclude there are more coming and from the one released by #SDNY re Turkey’s state owned Halkbank, and references to Erdogan and
2. his son-in-law plus the disclosure of apparent super top-secret #702FISA intercepts of Erdogan going back to 2013, I predict the sealed #SDNY indictments include ones for Erdogan and his family. And I think that @vp @WHNSC @SecPompeo are
3. going to Turkey to make @trpresidency @RTErdogan an offer he can’t refuse. 😎 ✌️@cia @NSAGov @DefenseIntel @ODNIgov @RepAdamSchiff @MarkWarner @EsperDoD
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In the Age of Trump, Judge Reflects on D’Souza and the ‘New Rudy’ #Zarrab…
Rudy hired to be the go-between between Trump and Erdogan - per Judge Berman:
Evidence in Zarrab case indicates Rudy’s (old) firm, Greenberg Traurig acted as a foreign agent. (Which, they were on a #FARA for since 2014.)
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Connect the dots:
March ‘16: Reza Zarrab, a Trump Tower Istanbul tenant, arrested for laundering Iranian oil money to avoid U.S. sanctions

Early ‘17: Zarrab retains Giuliani

Late ‘17: Trump asks Tillerson to persuade DOJ to drop its case against Zarrab…
DOJ asserted #RezaZarrab engaged in hundreds of millions of dollars from illegal transactions on behalf Iranian entities, which were barred by U.S. sanctions, laundering the proceeds of those illegal transactions & defrauding financial institutions.…
Despite potential conflicts of interest, judge says #Giuliani can represent #RezaZarrab. Giuliani’s law firm represented banks that Zarrab defrauded.…
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1. @lawrence. There's still something going on with the #Zarrab case. I have reported on the case since he was arrested in Miami. They keep doing things in the case long after is was over that look to me like grand jury activity. They did it again yesterday.
2. Somebody needs to get the @TheJusticeDept inspector general involved. @JusticeOIG. I have carefully analyzed these yellow highlighted "SEALED DOCUMENT placed in vault" docket notations earlier in the case and they were mostly related to superseding indictments
3. or occasionally a plea related document. In my opinion, they appear to me that Trump's USA Berman is using the the grand jury to extort people connected with the Zarrab bank fraud and sanctions crimes. I had the feeling, a hunch, it was related to Erdogan or his family.
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Trump Urged Then-Secretary of State Tillerson to Help Drop DOJ Case Against Giuliani’s Client: Report #RezaZarrab #TrumpTowersIstanblul… via @thedailybeast
@thedailybeast "President Trump urged then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to help convince the Justice Department to drop a criminal case against Iranian-Turkish trader Reza Zarrab—then a client of Rudy Giuliani—in a 2017 Oval Office meeting, according to Bloomberg."
"Tillerson reportedly refused, saying the move would amount to interference in an active investigation. He is also said to have emphasized to then-CoS John Kelly in a separate conversation that the request to the DOJ would be illegal...." #RezaZarrab #TrumpTowersIstanbul
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