A group is alleging Pennsylvania Republican Senate hopeful Dr. Mehmet Oz violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by not registering as a foreign agent while he was doing work for Turkish Airlines
Armenian National Committee of America Executive Director Aram Hamparian wrote a letter Tuesday to Matthew G. Olsen, Assistant Attorney General for National Security demanding the Department of Justice launch an investigation into the matter.
The Daily Wire reports:
Dr. Oz indisputably serves as public relations counsel, publicity agent, information service employee, or political consultant for Turkish Airlines. In 2017, Dr. Oz reportedly collaborated with Turkish Airlines on its “Fly Good Feel Good” project, which was designed to provide “an even more comfortable and healthy travel experience to its passengers.” …
“Dr. Oz clearly serves as a foreign agent on behalf of the foreign principal Turkish Airlines,” Hamparian concluded. “As you are also aware, the penalty for a willful violation of FARA is imprisonment for not more than five years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. Certain violations are considered misdemeanors, with penalties of imprisonment of not more than six months, a fine of not more than $5,000, or both. We encourage you to fully investigate this matter.”
David Laufman, who oversaw the Justice Department’s FARA enforcement from 2014 to 2018, said that he believes that it “would be appropriate for [the Justice Department] to undertake logical, analytical and investigative steps to determine whether Dr. Oz acted as a public relations counsel or publicity agent in the United States on behalf of Turkish Airlines.”
“If he did, he likely would have an obligation to register unless he qualified for an exemption,” Laufman said. “In my experience, a foreign government ownership interest as high as 49.12 percent would contribute to a conclusion by the Justice Department that otherwise registrable work on behalf of that entity in the United States — such as public relations work — likely would not qualify for the [commercial] exemption because the activities would directly promote the public or political interests of the foreign government.”
The news comes as Oz is in a tight race with former hedge fund CEO Dave McCormick for the GOP nomination.
A separate story involving the Trump-endorsed doctor is also threatening to torpedo his political aspirations.
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