August 11, 2009
Sibel Edmonds on Turkish Lobby
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The BRAD BLOG
August 14, 2009
Claiming that Ohio’s Republican U.S. House Rep. Jean Schmidt R-2nd is “conced[ing] that she does deny the Armenian Genocide”, the campaign of her Democratic challenger David Krikorian has just issued a press release posted in full below, stating that Schmidt has dropped four of her “false statements” complaints against him in her Ohio Election Commission OEC case, while petitioning the court to add a new claim in the bargain.
In today’s statement, Krikorian says: “Jean and her friends at the Turkish Legal Defense Fund are on a fishing expedition … First she brought the charges, then she realized that she could not win her case and petitioned the court to drop the charges, now she is adding a new one. Typical Jean Schmidt behavior, its a shame she is not putting forward this kind of effort on the health care debate.”
The campaign said that “the statements Schmidt claimed were false are in relation to her denial of the Armenian Genocide,” adding that “In dropping the charges, Schmidt essentially conceded that she does deny the Armenian Genocide.”
The Krikorian Campaign’s press release follows in full below…
August 14, 2009
In a rather extraordinary unbylined blog item posted on Wednesday, the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA), has launched what appears to be an all out assault on FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds and her remarkable, long-awaited under-oath deposition taken over the weekend in the Ohio Election Commission (OEC)’s Schmidt v. Krikorian case.
The TCA seems to have “declared war”, according to Edmonds who touched base from out of the country via email on Wednesday. The scathing blog post alleges Edmonds’ testimony was “a full-on assault against the national interests of the United States and the integrity of its justice system by the Armenian lobby”; says “Krikorian and his lobbyist backers are getting desperate”; and otherwise attempts to disparage Edmonds’ character by describing her as “self-aggrandizing”, and a “disgruntled and discredited former federal employee.”
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The BRAD BLOG
August 12, 2009
As we continue to wait for the release of the video/transcript of long-gagged FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds’ deposition last Saturday, the campaign of David Krikorian, Ohio’s Democratic candidate for the U.S. House seat in the 2nd Congressional district, has just issued a press release relating to it. Complete release posted below.
The Krikorian campaign’s press release, issued within the last hour today, follows in full below…
Krikorian For Congress Press Release
FBI Whistleblower Provides Revealing Testimony In Schmidt v. Krikorian Case
Ohio Elections Commission To Hold Preliminary Hearing Tomorrow
Cincinnati, OH – August 12, 2009 – FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, testified on Saturday to her knowledge of Turkish Government infiltration of US Department of State and the US House of Representatives. The testimony was revealing and will be used in David Krikorian’s defense against frivolous false statement claims brought by his 2010 opponent Representative Jean Schmidt.
Brad is quasi-liveblogging the deposition here.
“has been able to say “everything that she hasn’t been able to say so far, implicating many member of Congress in a criminal conspiracy,” according to interviews with Fein and others.”
“Edmonds told me in a brief phone conversation during the break: “Bruce Fein is raising objections to everything”, though that’s to be expected. She said she’s been asked, and has answered, questions on Dan Burton (R-IN), Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Stephen Solarz (D-NY), and other questions on those high-ranking officials and lobbyists in her “State Secrets Gallery”.”
Bradblog has the latest.
The FBI and the Dept of Justice are trying to block Sibel from testifying, asserting that:
Edmonds is under “no compulsion” to testify in the Krikorian case and the FBI asserted that she, “does not have approval for any disclosure of any information.”
Sibel’s lawyers responded that:
“the objections raised so far by the agency are not sufficient to block Edmonds’ from “truthfully answer[ing] questions while under oath pursuant to a lawful subpoena” on Saturday morning in D.C. as scheduled.
Their press release [PDF], to be issued publicly later today, accuses the FBI and DoJ of attempting “censorship” and trying to “silence [a] whistleblower”.”
In recent interviews, former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds suggested that all channels were apparently closed in her particular case because it appeared that she had exhausted her options within the Judiciary (and both Congress and the Corporate Media refused to offer her a forum to disclose what she knows about malfeasance at the Pentagon and State Department)
That all changed today, as Sibel outlines in a ‘BREAKING NEWS‘ item at her blog. Because of an unlikely set of circumstances, Sibel’s sworn deposition and affidavit testimony was requested in a case involving the Ohio Election Commission involving Ohio Congresswoman Jean Schmidt. Schmidt has been accused by her electoral opponent of being on the payroll of Turkish interests, and her opponent, David Krikorian, sought Sibel’s testimony about: