Trump admin refutes rumor that it’s considering extradition of Gulen to Turkey

Trump admin refutes rumor that it’s considering extradition of Gulen to Turkey
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[Ed. – We could go through a ritual of publishing all the anonymously-sourced rumors for you, dear readers.  But it seems more efficient to simply wait for the refutations to come out from the people who actually make the decisions and put their names on the public statements.]

An NBC News report on Thursday said that the Trump White House had directed the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI to reexamine a request from Turkey to extradite U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen.

Gülen, who has been in the United States since 1999 and resides in Pennsylvania, is wanted in Turkey over claims he was involved in a failed coup against Erdoğan’s government in 2016.

Justice Department spokeswoman Nicole Navas Oxman told Reuters on Friday that the DOJ “has not been involved in nor aware of any discussions” regarding Gülen’s extradition.

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A White House official also told Reuters it “has not been involved in any discussions relating the extradition of Fethullah Gulen to the death of Jamal Khashoggi.”

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