Trial of ex-Flynn business partner allowed to go forward

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge is allowing the trial of a one-time business partner of former national security adviser Michael Flynn to go forward even though he says the evidence is weak.

Prosecutors rested their case Thursday in the trial of Bijan Kian . He is accused of failing to register as a Turkish foreign agent when he and Flynn undertook a contract to discredit Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who has drawn the ire of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Defense lawyers moved to have the case dismissed. They say the evidence shows Kian and Flynn’s work to discredit Gulen was at the behest of a private business. Prosecutors say the business served as a middleman to obfuscate Turkey’s involvement.

The judge reserved ruling on the motion to dismiss but said the government’s case suffers from “very substantial issues” with the evidence.

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