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Schumer, Bharara Being Probed by Turkish Prosecutor for Terror Ties: Report

By Trevor Kapp | April 17, 2017 1:42pm
 Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and Sen. Chuck Schumer are being probed by the Turkish government for terror ties, according to a news report.
Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and Sen. Chuck Schumer are being probed by the Turkish government for terror ties, according to a news report.
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MIDTOWN — A Turkish prosecutor is probing whether Sen. Chuck Schumer and former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had any connection to the failed coup in the country last year, according to a Turkish news report.

Schumer and Bharara are two of 17 Americans being investigated by the prosecutor for possible links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), which attempted to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last July, according to the Anadolu Agency, a Turkish-run news wire.

Schumer and Bharara may have connections to Fetullah Gülen, a Pennsylvania-based cleric who’s been accused of facilitating the coup from the U.S., according to reports. Gülen has denied any involvement.

Former CIA Director John Brennan is also under investigation, according to Anadolu.

Thousands of FETO suspects have already been arrested in connection with the uprising, which left 249 people dead and more than 2,000 injured, according to the news service.

Bharara made light of the accusations on Twitter.

Schumer's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.