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.