(Updates with Barr response, Berman exit)
"Trump then told Recep Tayyip Erdogan he would take care of things, explaining that the Southern District prosecutors were not his people", John Bolton writes, in the former national security adviser's hotly contested memoir that appears poised for release despite the Trump administration's increasingly desperate attempts to keep it from the public ahead of the election.
They "were Obama people", Bolton recounts, describing what Trump told the Turkish president about the Southern District (SDNY). That was a "problem" and it would be rectified "when they were replaced by his people", Trump alleged told Erdogan.
That particular exchange referenced Erdogan's long-running quest to have the US drop charges against state-owned Halkbank, which was accused of violating US sanctions on Iran. That story is quite the tale, and it has featured heavily in these pages from time to time.
The Halkbank case was handled by the Southern District. Erdogan once told Joe Biden that Preet Bharara, then the US attorney for the SDNY was "a Gulenist tool", a reference to Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric who Erdogan blames for the failed 2016 coup in his countr
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