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Turkish businessman who testified before Mueller sued for racketeering

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A Turkish-American entrepreneur subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller has been sued for racketeering.

Yalcin Ayasli, who founded the airline BoraJet, accused Sezgin Baran Korkmaz, who has ties to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of taking over the now-defunct airline through violence and extortion, reported Courthouse News.

The lawsuit intersects with two cases under criminal investigations in the U.S. — a more than $500 million money laundering scheme in Utah and a Turkish influence campaign in Virginia that involves Michael Flynn.

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Ayasli’s lawsuit alleges that Korkmaz’s Istanbul-based company SBK Holdings used money laundered through a biofuel tax credit scheme to buy out BoraJet after driving down the prices as part of an intimidation campaign.

Brothers Isaiah and Jacob Kingston, who lead a polygamist Mormon sect, have been charged with scamming the U.S. Treasury out of tax credits and diverting up to $210 million into Turkey.

Ayasli alleges that Korkmaz used some of that money to scoop up his airline after driving the cost of the carrier into the ground through thuggish tactics.

Korkmaz claims the lawsuit, which accuses him of assault and threatening to rape and murder a woman who worked for Ayasli, was simply payback by angry BoraJet executives.

“I have done absolutely nothing wrong other than objecting against being embezzled,” he told Courthouse News.

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Korkmaz was called to testify last year before Mueller, but it’s not clear what he told investigators.

He has documented business dealings in Russia through SBK Holdings, but a 2014 preliminary agreement to build a bridge from Russia to Crimea eventually fell through.

Ayasli alleges in his lawsuit that Korkmaz used the subpoena to further intimidate him by giving the false impression that he was politically connected to Mueller and could exert political influence in the U.S., as well as Turkey.

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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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