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Trump Officials Press for a Cease-Fire After Turkish Incursion in Syria

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

#Halkbank #Zarrab #Gulen #Giuliani #Flynn #TurkeyGate

nytimes.com/2019/10/17/wor… 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. 

Brian Ballard, who was Trump's chief fundraiser in Florida, is working the Turkish business with former Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) and Washington managing partner Sylvester Lukis.

Ballard Group also involved in Kosovo shenanigans

Robert Wexler
Ballard Partners FARA
Robert Wexler 3/17/18 e-mail to the Trump Administration re Kosovo
FYI: Ballard Walks Human Trafficking Beat for Qatar

H/T @HatesHorseShoes

Ballard Partners, the Florida-based lobbying firm for Halkbank, told Al-Monitor it will no longer represent the Turkish state-owned bank. The decision came after federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced a six-charge indictment against the institution.

Trump assigned Barr & Mnuchin to appease Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s repeated pleas to avoid charges against Halkbank (make the case go away).

Surprise! Much to TeamTrump’s chagrin, the Halkbank indictment was unsealed 10/15/19. 🤗

TÜRKİYE HALK BANKASI A.S., a/k/a “Halkbank,” was charged today in a six-count Indictment with fraud, money laundering, and sanctions offenses related to the bank’s participation in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. 

Giuliani’s henchman Lev Parnas also received tens of thousands of dollars last year from the firm of Brian Ballard, a longtime Florida lobbyist who is close to Trump—they have known each other for nearly 30 years.

10/15/19: Giuliani pressed Trump to eject Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric from U.S., a top priority of Turkish president, former officials say #Flynn

Too many odd connections & clearly intertwined personal interests between TeamTrump & Turkey, again outside US foreign policy.

Also don’t forget Khoshoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Instanbul. Turkish intel recorded everything. 🤷‍♀️
‼️Yes indeed, this is all about lifting sanctions & handing control of northern Syria to Turkey.

The Kurds still lost their homeland to Turkey, thanks to TeamTrump.

Trump serves Turkey, not the US interests. We need to dig into why.

Erdogan asks of TeamTrump:

🚫Kill the Halkbank case

🚫Handover Zarrab & Fethullah Gülen

✅Drop sanctions

TeamTrump failed to deliver on all counts except one as of today.

Turkey invades northern Syria (retaliation?) & today claims the territory, thanks to Trump.
‼️The $64,000 question still remains, what does Erdogan have on Trump to make Trump, Flynn, Giuliani, Parnas, Ballard, Barr & Mnuchin work so hard to carry out Erdogan’s asks?

📌2016 Election shenanigans?
📌Money Laundering?

Something much worse????

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