Trump Regime

One of Michael Flynn’s Business Partners Has Been Indicted

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A close business partner of Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn has been indicted by federal prosecutors in Virginia.

Flynn's partner, Bijan Kian, has been charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent stemming from his role in Flynn's scheme to extradite Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen from Pennsylvania to Turkey.

The Washington Post first reported the news early this morning.

Bijan Kian made his first appearance in Alexandria federal court Monday morning. According to the indictment, Kian, who ran a lobbying firm with Flynn, conspired with a Turkish businessman to illegally influence government officials and public opinion in the United States against Gulen.

The indictment demonstrates the extent to which Flynn was secretly working to advance the interests of his Turkish clients while publicly serving as a key surrogate to Donald Trump and auditioning for a role in his administration. According to the newly-unsealed court document, Flynn was texting and emailing frequently about how to advance the Turkish agenda throughout the final weeks of the presidential campaign.

This may or may not be the first step in special prosecutor Robert Mueller's pivot to the Middle East that was reportedly going to begin after the new year.

While we haven't heard much about this specific case for a long time, we've known about Flynn's scheme to deport Gulen from almost the very beginning.

We should never stop repeating the fact that some of the Trump's closest advisers and officials were acting as foreign agents during and after the 2016 campaign. We've never seen something like this before and we'll likely never see it again.

  • muselet

    It never ceases to amaze me how many of Donald Trump’s associates, flunkies and hangers-on never bothered to ask a semi-competent lawyer whether their business activities were legal. Presumably, they thought they were untouchable because of their proximity to Trump.

    I believe the Greeks referred to such an attitude as “hubris”; I also believe the Greek gods routinely slapped down people who displayed hubris. Here’s hoping the justice systems does likewise.

    –alopecia

  • Georgie

    Just a bunch of forking idiots. Every single one of them.

  • Tony Lavely

    Am I foolish to think on reading the headline: Trump? Let it be…
    Oh well.

  • katanahamon

    All of these criminals must be hunted down…it’s just getting ridiculous now the number of people surrounding Rump that are willing to sacrifice any semblance of law, dignity, morals, etc to get money or more political influence.

  • mnpollio

    Never say never as far as seeing it again. It all depends on how many of the players actually get caught and substantially punished. If we are in for another round of finding out about it and then having the powers that be decide to look to the future and not dwell on the past or “petty issues” (such as accountability), then expect it to become the norm.