ABC News reports:
A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated the conviction of a one-time business partner of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for acting as an unregistered agent of the Turkish government.
A jury in Alexandria convicted Bijan Kian at a 2019 trial. After the conviction, though, the trial judge, Anthony Trenga, intervened and overturned the conviction.
The case spun off from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian election interference. Prosecutors alleged Kian and Flynn were acting at Turkey’s behest when they undertook a project to discredit an exiled cleric, Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in the U.S.
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Important 4th Cir decision reinstates conviction in foreign agent case against Michael Flynn’s former business parter Bijan Kian. Law requiring disclosure of conduct on behalf of foreign governments is essential to national security. https://t.co/8c3mdjfP1O via @detroitnews
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