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14 Sep, 45 tweets, 20 min read
@kylegriffin1 1/
The Trump / Erdogan relationship

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🔸Tillerson admitting Trump asked him to intervene in freeing gold-trader Zarrab (jailed Giuliani client) for Erdogan—

@kylegriffin1 2/

🔸Rudy Giuliani represented Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader at the center of the conspiracy who later implicated Erdoğan in ordering the sanctions-busting trades
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-Giuliani shuttled between Washington and Turkey’s capital of Ankara in a failed attempt to negotiate a prisoner swap that would have prevented Zarrab’s testimony

- December 2016 there was a meeting between Flynn and senior Turkish officials
@kylegriffin1 4/

🔸The prisoner swap meeting was also attended by Berat Albayrak, Erdoğan’s son-in-law (Trump’s version of Jared Kushner)
and Turkey’s foreign minister
@kylegriffin1 5/
add Kushner and Flynn to the mix

🔸Michael Flynn and the other participants discussed a way to free Turkish-Iranian gold trader, Reza Zarrab

-Zarrab is jailed in the U.S. and is facing federal charges that he helped Iran skirt U.S. sanctions
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-Giuliani is part of Zarrab's defense team
Giuliani and attorney Mukasey were not hired to participate in Zarrab’s legal defense team

—they were paid to get the case closed down by influencing senior US government officials
@kylegriffin1 7/

-Greenberg Traurig, Giuliani’s firm, is a registered agent for the Turkish government
@kylegriffin1 8/

-Giuliani had a secret meeting with ErdoÄźan in Feb 2016 and discussed an agreement under which Zarrab would be freed in exchange for Turkey's help furthering U.S. interests in the region
@kylegriffin1 9/

🔸Mnuchin met with Turkish Prime Minister Şimşek on Oct. 13, 2017, shortly before Zarrab pleaded guilty to executing the largest Iranian sanctions evasion scheme in U.S. history
@kylegriffin1 10/

Gold trader, Reza Zarrab, is Giuliani’s client

-Zarrab helped Iran tap funds from overseas oil sales that were frozen in foreign accounts

🔸Zarrab is married to a Turkish pop star
@kylegriffin1 11/

-Zarrab has a tabloid lifestyle of yachts, fast cars and an office in...wait for it...

Trump Tower in Istanbul

-After Zarrab was detained during a 2016 trip to the U.S, he added Giuliani to his legal team
@kylegriffin1 12/

-Giuliani attempted a prisoner swap
to extract Zarrab from U.S. custody, snd swap him for an American pastor, Andrew Brunson, who was in Turkish custody

-In 2017, Trump asked Rex Tillerson to press the JD to drop its case against Zarrab
@kylegriffin1 13/

🔸Zarrab’s Manhattan trial resulted in the conviction of a Halkbank executive, Mehmet Hakkan Atilla

-Turkey’s state-run bank, Halkbank, would transfer money from frozen Iranian accounts there into one of Zarrab’s accounts
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-Gold trader Zarrab converted the cash from frozen Iranian accounts to gold and ship it to Dubai, where it could be used to make payments on Iran’s behalf
@kylegriffin1 15/

🔸Testimony and evidence in Zarrab’s trial tied the bank’s then-chief executive officer, Suleyman Aslan, to millions of dollars in bribe payments linked to the scheme

-Suleyman Aslan’s bribe money was found
found stuffed into shoe boxes in his home
@kylegriffin1 16/

🔸Halkbank is accused helping to funnel billions of dollars in Iranian oil money in violation of U.S. sanctions

-Erdogan asked the Trump administration to drop the Halkan Bank matter
@kylegriffin1 17/
Recap cont’d

-Rudy Giuliani got involved in a shadow diplomacy effort to extract a key Turkish suspect from U.S. custody

-Trump asked Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to steer prosecutors away from Zarrab and Halkbank
@kylegriffin1 18/

🔸Halkbank is the Turkish state-run bank accused of the biggest money-laundering scheme ever charged in U.S. history

-Halkbank is accused helping to funnel billions of dollars in Iranian oil money in violation of U.S. sanctions
@kylegriffin1 19/

🔸Senator Ron Wyden is investigating Halkbank

-Mnuchin attended a White House lunch with Turkey’s strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

-The State Department disclosed seven meetings between Mnuchin and top Turkish officials
@kylegriffin1 20/

-Mnuchin met with Erdogan twice early 2019; and three times with Erdoğan’s son-in-law, Berat Albayrak

@kylegriffin1 21/

🔸Mnuchin’s WH lunch with Trump, Erdoğan, and more than a dozen U.S. and Turkish officials received little attention during the Erdogan’s Nov. 13 visit to DC

-Mnuchin’s meeting marked the first open hearings in the impeachment inquiry
@kylegriffin1 22/

🔸The only media outlet to flag Mnuchin’s attendance at the WH lunch was the Turkish state-run propaganda organization Anadolu Agency

-Dining with Trump, Erdogan, Mnuchin, and a dozen Turkish officials was Berat Albayrak
@kylegriffin1 23/

-Brest Albayrak is “Turkey’s Jared Kushner”—Erdogan’s son-in-law

-Before his current post as Turkey’s minister of finance, Albayrak headed the country’s energy ministry

-Albayrak has close ties to Jared Kushner
@kylegriffin1 24/

-March 2018–Berat Albayrak—Erdogan’s son-in-law—said that he’s been working on “backdoor diplomacy”—with Jared Kushner and Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ, son-in-law of Trump’s business partner Aydin Dogan
@kylegriffin1 25/

🔸Albayrak, Erdogan s son-in-law, worked with former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn to kidnap exiled Turkish dissident Fethullah Gülen from his home in Pennsylvania, and hand him over to Erdogan
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Says Erdogan about Gulen, “He is the persons who knows all my secrets”

More Flynn and kidnapping
@kylegriffin1 27/
Trump/Erdogan/Flynn/kidnapping Gulen

-Michael Flynn, his son, and several Turkish officials planned to kidnap and deliver—cleric Fethullah Gülen to the Turkish government

-Gulen was to be delivered at Imrali Island Prison off the coast of Turkey—
in exchange for $15 million
@kylegriffin1 28/
Trump/Erdogan/Flynn/kidnapping Gulen

-Prosecutors charged Bijan Rafiekian aka Bijan Kian, and Kamil Ekim Alptekin with acting as unregistered agents of the Turkish government

-Rafiekian and Alptekin plotted with Flynn to kidnap Gulen

-Gulen lives in Pennsylvania
@kylegriffin1 29/
Trump/Erdogan/Flynn/kidnapping Gulen

-Bijan Kian is a board member of the U.S. Export-Import Bank

-Kian and Alptekin also plotted a 90-day anti-Gulen campaign
"Truth Campaign"
@kylegriffin1 30/
Trump/Erdogan/Flynn/Gulen kidnapping

-Bijan Kian faces up to 15 years of imprisonment, and Kamil Ekim Alptekin faces up to 30 years of imprisonment for plotting with Flynn
@kylegriffin1 31/
Trump/Erdogan/Flynn/Gulen kidnapping

-Before the Mueller investigation was shut down by Barr, Mueller was investigating the meeting between Flynn, his son, and Turkish officials during the presidential transition where Flynn would kidnap Gulen and deliver him to Erdogan
@kylegriffin1 32/
Trump/Erdogan/Flynn/Gulen kidnapping

-Before the 2016 election, in September, there was a meeting between Flynn, Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak and Turkey’s foreign minister

-The September meeting was attended by former CIA Director James Woolsey
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 Trump/Erdogan/Flynn/Gulen kidnapping

🔸CIA Director Woolsey who attended a September 2016 meeting with Erdogan’s son-in-law et al said he arrived at the meeting as participants discussed how to get Gulen out of the U.S. without going through the formal extradition process
@kylegriffin1 34/
Trump/Erdogan/Flynn/Gulen kidnapping

Q. Why does Erdogan want Gulen kidnapped?

A. Erdogan believes that Gulen via FETO
orchestrated the July 15, 2016 coup to overthrow Erdogan that left 240 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured
@kylegriffin1 35/
Trump/Erdogan/Flynn/Gulen kidnapping

-Erdogan conspired with Flynn, Flynn Jr., Giuliani, Trump et al to arrange for Gulen’s capture

-The December 2016 meeting to kidnap Gulen took place at the upscale
21 Club restaurant in New York, just blocks away from Trump Tower
@kylegriffin1 36/
Trump/Erdogan/Flynn/Gulen kidnapping

-Flynn was offered $15M to kidnap Gulen and deliver him to Erdogan

-Flynn Intel Group (Flynn and son) was hired to gather information about GĂĽlen, and to produce a short film about its findings
@kylegriffin1 37/
Trump/Erdogan/Flynn/Gulen kidnapping

-Flynn Intel Group (Flynn and son) was paid $530,000 by Inovo BV

-Inovo BV is a thinly capitalized Dutch company that serves as a front for Inovo Turkije, whose principal, Ekim Alptekin, is a close associate of President ErdoÄźan
@kylegriffin1 38/
Trump/Erdogan/Flynn/Gulen kidnapping

-Flynn and son were paid via InovoBV

-Inovo is a shell company in the Netherlands

-Flynn hid the origins of the money he received from Erdogan and the Turkish government and that the money was funneled through third party shell—Inovo
@kylegriffin1 39/
Trump/Erdogan/Flynn/Gulen kidnapping


The decision on arming the Kurds came several weeks after Flynn held that key meeting with Turkish officials where the alleged deal for a "grab fee" for GĂĽlen was discussed
@kylegriffin1 40/
Trump/Erdogan/Flynn/Gulen kidnapping

-First Trump arms the Kurds after Flynn agrees to kidnap Gulen—2017

-and then Trump abandons the Kurds to appease Putin letting Putin take over our military bases
@kylegriffin1 44/
Trump/Erdogan/Zarrab/Halkbank/Flynn/Gulen kidnap

@kylegriffin1 45/
Unrelated but significant
Trump/Erdogan/Saudi’s/Khashoggi murder

Erdogan knows that Mohammed bin Salman, with Trump’s blessing, ordered the hit on Jamal Khashoggi…

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