>> Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn is already facing possible prison time for lying to the FBI in the Russia probe. Now, two of his former business associates are in deep legal trouble as well. Prosecutors on Monday and sealing charges against Flynn's former partner Bijan Rafiekian and a Turkish businessman, saying they hid the fact that they were working on behalf of Turkey as they push the United States to extradite the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen.
He's a staunch critic of president Tayyip Erdoğan who blames Gulen for a failed coup in 2016. US prosecutors say the two indicted men orchestrated a campaign to portray Gulen as a dangerous extremist, pressuring the United States to expel Gulen who lives in Pennsylvania. This at a time when Flynn served as an advisor on Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
The men allegedly lobbying US lawmakers and officials and pocketing $600,000 from Turkey. Nathan Lane is covering the story.>> If you are lobbying people in Congress or other people in the government on behalf of a foreign power, then you need to disclose that.>> Flynn has been cooperating for more than a year with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as he investigates whether Trump's campaign worked with Russia to win the 2016 election.
>> Flynn essentially turned witness against his former business partner. And gave them various information about his lobbying prior to joining the Trump administration. And that lead to this case that we saw today.>> Flynn was not charged in this case, but he called Gulen a, quote, shady Islamic mullah, in an opinion piece that ran in a Washington newspaper on the day Trump was elected.
Anger as foreign minister says Trump had told Erdogan in recent weeks that Washington was trying to send Gulen back to Turkey. But on Monday, the White House pushing back, saying Trump did not commit to extraditing Gulen during his meeting with Erdogan at the G20 Summit two weeks ago.