Reclusive Muslim cleric who lives in Monroe County denies involvement with Turkish coup attempt
The movement of the U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, a reclusive Muslim cleric in Saylorsburg, Monroe County, has denied any involvement in the Turkish military coup attempt.
The Alliance for Shared Values says “we condemn any military intervention in (the) domestic politics of Turkey.”Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a broad campaign against Gulen’s movement in Turkey and abroad. The Erdogan regime has carried out a purge of civil servants suspected of ties to the movement, seized businesses and closed some media organizations. Gulen has been charged criminally with plotting to overthrow the government, and was placed on trial in absentia in Turkey earlier this year.
WASHINGTON — A Turkish religious movement accused of illegally financing congressional travel abroad may have also provided hundreds of thousands of dollars of improper campaign donations to congressional and presidential candidates during the past several years, a USA TODAY investigation has found.
USA TODAY has identified dozens of large campaign donations attributed to people with modest incomes, or from people who had little knowledge of to whom they had given, or from people who could not be located at all. All the donors appear to have ties to a Turkish religious movement named for its founder, Fethullah Gülen. USA TODAY reported last month that the movement has secretly funded more than 200 foreign trips for members of Congress and their staff.
In response to USA TODAY’s queries about suspicious donations she received on April 30, 2014, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. refunded $43,100 to the donors. “Out of an abundance of caution, the campaign has refunded the contributions in question,” said Ayotte campaign manager Jon Kohan. Ayotte also called on others who have received money from the same donors — including President Obama and Hillary Clinton — to return that money as well.
Energy and International Policy Expert Prof. Ariel Cohen, US The the corner of the press organization called Blaze “a Turkish preacher’s network, the Clinton campaign and permeates American education,” based on an article written explained the relationship of money between the Clinton and Gulen followers.
Professor Ariel Cohen, writing, laughing every year that the Organization of American taxpayers that the money that siphoned over $ 150 million and politicians must FBI to return the money they receive from a network under investigation, he said.
Professor Ariel Cohen’s article at The Blaze like this:
Turkish preacher’s network, the Clinton campaign and permeates American education
America, better interact with foreign cultures bulunarak increase global connections, involves transferring the bad and the ugly. Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, says, seems to have brought to the country that hosts an unhealthy mix of religion and politics.
Smiling worldwide by building a religious act globally, although the total number is unknown, it has affected between 5 and 8 million followers. In due course, some followers, thanks to businesses depending on the value in excess of $ 25 billion, they will have a tremendous asset.
Tens of thousands of organizations depend on the Gülen movement;