New emails and documents uncover ties between the Clintons and an Islamic imam from Turkey who has been in self-exile in Pennsylvania since 1999.
According to The Daily Caller
, several pieces of evidence tie the Clintons to Fethullah Gulen, against whom Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has launched a crackdown.
In the past, Gulen and his followers, called Gulenists, have had great influence over Turkey's media, court system, and the police.
But their power has been under siege by Erdogan, who has seen them as a threat to his quasi-fascist regime.
The Gulen movement is considered moderate. While embracing some aspects of traditional Islam the group rejects extremists, terrorism, and jihadist activities.
The movement has resisted Erdogan’s efforts to undermine Turkey’s democracy. Gulen also has been decidedly pro-Western and has advocated for stronger ties between Turkey and the U.S.
Erdogan has accused Gulenists of trying to weaken the Turkish government and has even gone as far as to ask President Barack Obama to send Gulen back to Turkey.
Emails and documents obtained by Judicial Watch show that Gulen's group has been in contact with the Clinton camp.
A 2009 email, for example, shows a Gulen follower asking Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin for help in putting one of his allies in touch with Obama for a meeting in Turkey.
In another connection, a group with ties to Gulen hired the Podesta Group — John Podesta is a longtime Clinton aide and confidant — for lobbying activities on Capitol Hill. The executive director of that Turkish group, the Alliance for Shared Values, has donated to the Clintons.
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