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REPORT: Mueller Probing If Flynn Conspired With Turkey To Kidnap Muslim Cleric For $15 Million Payoff

Talking Points Memo reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the role played by former national security adviser Michael Flynn in an alleged plot to forcibly remove a Muslim cleric living legally in the U.S. to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The alleged plot described by the Journal involves a direct quid ...

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TURKEY: Government Orders Probe After Giant Rocky Balboa Banner Rises Over Soccer Stadium [VIDEO]

Bloomberg reports: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered a probe on Monday into a giant banner depicting fictional boxer Rocky Balboa at a soccer match at Galatasaray stadium, sending the team’s shares plunging on the Borsa Istanbul. The banner unfurled at Sunday’s match featured an image of the character portrayed by actor Sylvester Stallone and was framed by the words ...

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Turkish President: Trump Called To Apologize After My Bodyguards Were Indicted For Beating DC Protesters

The Washington Examiner reports: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Trump called him to apologize after members of his security detail were indicted for attacking protesters during his visit to Washington, D.C., in May. “Actually President Trump called me about a week ago about this issue,” Erdogan said, through a translator, during an interview with “PBS Newshour” that aired ...

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Michael Flynn’s Family Sets Up Legal Defense Fund

Politico reports: The family of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has set up a legal defense fund for him, soliciting donations to ease the “tremendous financial burden” from the ongoing investigations into his actions and the 2016 presidential campaign. “The enormous expense of attorneys’ fees and other related expenses far exceed their ability to pay,” Flynn’s brother ...

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Michael Flynn Launches New Consulting Firm Called “Resilient Patriot” As Siblings Plan Legal Defense Fund

The Associated Press reports: Embattled former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has opened a new consulting firm called Resilient Patriot, LLC that is advising private equity firms, according to one of his brothers, who says Flynn is “moving on with his life.” Joe Flynn said his family also is in the early stages of starting a fund to pay for ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Dog Interrupts Austrian Orchestra

Billboard Magazine reports: Orchestral performances are often considered the most high-art of music events, but things did get a little ruff at a recent Vienna Chamber Orchestra concert in Ephesus, Turkey, when a wandering dog came onstage during a performance of Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony No. 4. In a new video, a very slow-moving, sandy-colored Labrador finds himself onstage, garnering a ...

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TURKEY: Riot Police Use Tear Gas And Rubber Bullets Against Banned Istanbul Pride Marchers [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Activists gathered for gay Pride in Istanbul Sunday in defiance of a ban by authorities, and despite riot police who used tear gas to disperse crowds. Dozens turned up to wave rainbow flags and LGBT banners, watched by much larger numbers of Turkish riot officers as well as far-right protesters. There were more than two dozen arrests, ...

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ISTANBUL: Governor Bans LGBT Pride Parade For Second Year After Threats From Ultra-Nationalist Group

Reuters reports: Istanbul’s governor has banned a gay and transgender pride march which was due to take place in the city on Sunday, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group. It will be the second year running that Istanbul’s LGBT march, described in the past as the biggest in the Muslim world, has been blocked by city authorities. ...

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ISTANBUL: Ultra-Nationalists Vow To Disrupt Pride Because Gays Want To Stop Straights From Having Sex

Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reports: The Alperen Hearths, an ultra-nationalist youth organization linked to right-wing nationalist Great Union Party (BBP), has threatened the LGBT Pride March set to take place on June 25 in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, vowing to prevent the march from taking place. “If the state allows it, we will not. We will not allow them to walk. ...

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Flynn’s Attorneys Cite “Escalating Public Frenzy Against Him” In Senate Letter Invoking Fifth Amendment

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination on Monday and declined to hand over documents sought under subpoena by a Senate panel investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. In a letter to the Senate intelligence committee , Flynn’s attorneys justified the decision by citing an “escalating public ...

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Michael Flynn To Defy Senate Subpoena, Will Invoke Fifth Amendment Protection Against Self-Incrimination

The Associated Press reports: Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on Monday as he notifies the Senate Intelligence committee that he will not comply with a subpoena seeking documents. That’s according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private interactions ...

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REPORT: Michael Flynn Might Defy Senate Subpoena

NBC News reports: A top Republican has clarified that while former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn hasn’t yet cooperated with the Senate Intelligence Committee, his lawyers have “not yet indicated their intentions” regarding a subpoena issued last week for documents relevant to the panel’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. North Carolina Republican and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman ...

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REPORT: Michael Flynn Stopped US Plan To Partner With Turkey’s Enemy While Secretly On Turkey’s Payroll

Whoa. McClatchy reports: One of the Trump administration’s first decisions about the fight against the Islamic State was made by Michael Flynn weeks before he was fired – and it conformed to the wishes of Turkey, whose interests, unbeknownst to anyone in Washington, he’d been paid more than $500,000 to represent. The decision came 10 days before Donald Trump had ...

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WASHINGTON: Bodyguards For Turkish President Beat Protesters, Nine Injured, One Critically [VIDEO]

Newsweek reports: Footage has emerged of a mass brawl outside the Turkish embassy in Washington during which men believed to be Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards are seen attacking protesters just hours after the Turkish president’s meeting with Donald Trump. The brawl ensued as Erodgan’s security detail and pro-Erdogan supporters confronted Kurdish and Armenian demonstrators. A video—posted by Voice of America—showed ...

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Inspector General Opens Investigation Into Michael Flynn, He Was Warned About Foreign Payments

Politico reports: The Pentagon’s inspector general is now investigating Michael Flynn over payments he received from foreign governments after retiring from the Army, according to documents released Thursday by the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. The documents also show the Defense Intelligence Agency warned Flynn after his 2014 retirement as the agency’s director that he was barred from ...

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Schumer: Flynn May Be The Tip Of The Iceberg

The Hill reports: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said that the House Oversight Committee’s latest findings that former national security adviser Michael Flynn might have broken the law “may be just the tip of the iceberg.” “The disturbing news that General Flynn may have violated the law in connection with his security clearance may be just the ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Today should be fun. Via Patch: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will deliver a televised briefing Tuesday at 2 p.m. Earlier in the day, the leaders of the House Oversight Committee revealed that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn may have acted inappropriately or illegally by failing to document his dealings with foreign governments as a retired military officer, ...

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Trump Calls To Congratulate Turkish President For Greatly Expanding Powers In Controversial Referendum

Haaretz reports: U.S. President Donald Trump called Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan to congratulate him on winning a referendum expanding his authority, sources in Erdogan’s palace said on Monday. Turkey voted on Sunday to switch to a presidential system, greatly increasing Erdogan’s powers. Unofficial results, which the opposition said it would challenge, showed a narrow victory for him with 51.4 percent ...

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Has Michael Flynn Turned On Trump?

The Associated Press reports: CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem cited unnamed sources and the fact that Michael Flynn has not been called upon to testify under oath before the House Intelligence Committee as evidence that the former Trump adviser may have “cut a deal with the FBI.” “It’s not that interesting to me because I don’t think they’ll be under ...

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Michael Flynn Never Signed Trump’s Ethics Pledge

The Daily Beast reports: The White House’s former top national security official did not sign an ethics pledge ostensibly required of all Trump administration appointees barring them from ethically questionable lobbying activities, The Daily Beast has learned. A spokesman for former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn confirmed on Tuesday that Flynn did not sign the pledge during his brief tenure. ...

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