The Turkish government has launched an investigation into 17 U.S.-based individuals for their alleged connection to cleric Fethullah Gulen. Among those being probed is Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, according to The Daily Caller.
The probe is the latest action by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian regime to force the U.S. government to extradite Gulen, accused of masterminding last summer’s failed coup attempt. The imam has lived in self-exile in Pennsylvania since 1999.
Turkish investigators are looking into Schumer’s possible participation because of donations he has received from U.S.-based supporters of the imam.
Turkey has labeled Gulen’s network of supporters, the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), a terror organization. Gulen has denied involvement to the failed coup.
Other targets of Turkey’s investigation include former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and ex-CIA Director John Brennan. Both served during the Obama administration.