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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Rudolph W. Giuliani privately urged President Trump in 2017 to extradite a Turkish cleric living in exile in the United States, a top priority of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to multiple former administration officials familiar with the discussions.

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The former New York mayor brought up Gulen so frequently with Trump during visits to the White House that one former official described the subject as Giuliani's "hobby horse." He was so focused on the issue " "it was all Gulen," recalled a second former official " that White House aides worried that Giuliani was making the case on behalf of the Turkish government, former officials said.

"We're not going to arrest [Gulen] to do a solid for Erdogan," the second official said, describing the internal thinking.

However, Trump appeared receptive to the idea, pressing his advisers about Gulen's status, the people said.

One former senior administration official recalled that Trump asked frequently about why Gulen couldn't be turned over to Turkey, referring to Erdogan as "my friend."

Administration officials were overwhelmingly opposed to the idea and told the president that the move could violate the legal process and damage him politically.

Giuliani is not registered as a foreign lobbyist, as he would be required to do if he were being paid to lobby the U.S. government on a policy matter for a foreign interest.

Well, it looks like Rudy took right up where Michael Flynn dropped off in lobbying the government, in this case the President directly, to extradite Gulen for Erdogan. Which if connected to money he received from foreign sources may be a violation of FARA.

It's truly frightening how this President thinks.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-10-15 10:20 PM | Reply

Somebody has to explain to Trump we only send the strongmen back via the CIA after the current reigning warlord has been murdered. Haftar much?

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-10-16 08:44 AM | Reply

Giuliani was actually arguing to send Gulen back to be murdered. These people don't have souls.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2019-10-16 09:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Giuliani was actually arguing to send Gulen back to be murdered. These people don't have souls.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2019-10-16 09:

They'd better hope they don't have souls.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2019-10-16 10:39 AM | Reply

Had Gulen been sent back to Turkey, he would have been welcomed in a manner similar to what Benigno Aquino experienced when he arrived in Manila after years away from his homeland--shot dead steps after disembarking his plane home...

#5 | Posted by catdog at 2019-10-16 01:41 PM | Reply

Funny how America is protecting a rabid Islamic cleric (Gulen).

#6 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-10-16 01:44 PM | Reply

Funny how America is protecting a rabid Islamist in MBS! There, fixed it for you.

#7 | Posted by zelkova at 2019-10-16 02:19 PM | Reply

Funny how America is protecting a rabid Islamic cleric (Gulen).

#6 | Posted by J_Tremain

Funnier how america is protecting a russian agent in the most powerful office in the country.

#8 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-10-16 02:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Funny how America is protecting a rabid Islamist in MBS!

MBS isn't an Islamist... he is doing the opposite of what his WAHABI mullas want.

And America isn't protecting and hiding MBS in America. LOL

Funnier how america is protecting a russian agent in the most powerful office in the country.

You are right... that IS funnier.

#9 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-10-16 02:37 PM | Reply

Sure he's doing the opposite of what his Islam handlers are telling him. Worked out well for the Shia of Iran.
Where were almost all of the 9/11 attackers from????? Iran? No. Libya? No. Our good friends Saudi Arabia? Mill that over.

#10 | Posted by zelkova at 2019-10-16 08:33 PM | Reply

MBS wasn't anywhere near running Saudi around 9-11.

"Mill" (sic) THAT over. LOL

#11 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-10-17 01:25 AM | Reply

Worked out well for the Shia of Iran.

The SHIA of Iran....????

Of course Iran is full of Shia.... or did you mean "SHAH of Iran"?

But I get your point... Shah didn't know how to use a bone saw. MBS does.

No opponents left, eh?

#12 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-10-17 01:29 AM | Reply

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