Political Support or Corruption? Mayor Adams Acknowledges Role in Turkish Consulate Approval

The Admission

During his weekly press briefing, Mayor Eric Adams openly admitted to facilitating the approval process for the Turkish consulate, defending it as a routine responsibility of politicians.

Supporting the Turkish Community

Mayor Adams justified his actions by stating that he was responding to the needs of the Turkish community in Brooklyn, emphasizing that seeking agency approval is a common practice.

Comments on the Investigation

Despite ongoing scrutiny related to a public corruption probe, Adams and his Chief Counsel, Lisa Zornberg, downplayed any indication that the mayor is a target.

Adams brushed off questions, while Zornberg assured there is no evidence suggesting his direct involvement.

FBI’s Involvement

The FBI has been actively involved in the investigation, seizing Adams’ phones and iPad. The mayor demanded an end to leaks after reports surfaced regarding a 2021 text about the Turkish consulate, where Adams forwarded the message to former fire department commissioner Daniel Nigro.

Role Clarification

Throughout the briefing, Mayor Adams emphasized that his role in the Turkish consulate matter was a standard political practice aimed at advocating for various constituencies, specifically highlighting Brooklyn’s significant Turkish population.

FBI Raid on Fundraiser’s Home

On November 2, FBI agents raided the home of Adams’ top fundraiser, Brianna Suggs, as part of an investigation into a potential kickback scheme and foreign interference in the mayoral election.

Adams expressed confidence, supported Suggs, and retained a personal defense attorney.

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