For those who do not subscribe or have used up your free quota, the story is that Turkey’s state-owned bank was funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to Iran in violation of American sanctions. The Southern District of New York was in the process of investigating and prosecuting the individuals behind this crime when AG Barr tweeted that SDNY Prosecutor Geoffrey Berman had abruptly resigned. You may recall that Berman threw the bullshit flag on that tweet and that he had no intention of resigning. So Barr fired him.
This report reveals the reason for that firing. Trump buddy Erdogan had been pressing Trump to quash this investigation because members of his own family were making millions with these Iran transactions. Berman would not go along. It is noteworthy that the SDNY investigation pre-dated Trump and that Erdogan directly asked Biden and Obama to remove the prosecutor who was then running the case. They politely, but firmly, refused to interfere.
Why is Trump so eager to please the Turkish dictator? That is anyone’s guess, but we do know that Trump has extensive business interests in Turkey generating millions in profits. Is there something more?
In a normal Presidency this would be a massive “October Surprise” that would destroy Trump’s chances – working with criminals to funnel money to Iran. Good grief. But this is not a normal Presidency. What is another scandal among so many.