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Two men involved in a Turkish lobbying campaign led by former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn have been charged with illegally lobbying in a case related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

The case unsealed Monday against Flynn's former business partner, Bijan Kian, and Turkish businessman, Ekim Alptekin, accuses the two men of conspiring to "covertly and unlawfully" influence U.S. politicians on behalf of Turkey.

The new charges appear to shed light on the co-operation of Flynn, who last year admitted to lying about several aspects of the lobbying work. In recommending he serve no prison time, prosecutors said Flynn not only helped with the Russia probe but also an undisclosed — and separate — criminal investigation. Documents filed alongside that recommendation spend several paragraphs laying out the details of Flynn's Turkish lobbying.

Flynn, a retired three-star general, pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with the then-Russian ambassador. He is scheduled for sentencing Tuesday.


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U.S. prosecutors charge 2 involved in Michael Flynn's Turkish lobbying 207 Jock 17-Dec-18 18:15

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