Congressional Ethics Panel Investigating Schmidt for Turkish Ties

Rep. Jean Schmidt

Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) is back in the news, this time for reportedly taking free legal advice from the Turkish-American Legal Defense Fund in a series of cases she is pursuing in Ohio, reported Roll Call. Schmidt was front and center in a lawsuit filed by her opponent David Krikorian, who charged that the Congresswoman took money from Turkish interests during her election bid.

Rep. Schmidt was just appointed to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Turkish American Legal Defense Fund is a subsidiary of the Turkish Coalition of America, which has lobbied actively against Armenian Genocide recognition legislation. The TCA also “organized and sponsored” Rep. Schmidt’s trip to Turkey in 2009.

Read Roll Call’s here report on Rep. Schmidt’s latest legal woes involving her entanglements with Turkish interests.


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  1. facts said:

    US foreign policy being partially manipulated form Ankara using skilfully different kinds of “Turkish coalition groups”.. How corrupt could politic else be?

  2. David Boyajian said:

    Remember the character in the movie The Wizard of Oz named The Wicked Witch of the West, if you get my drift?
    Particularly fitting – especially considering that “Oz” is sometimes a Turkish name – don’t you think?