Mike Pompeo Warns Senate Candidate Dr. Oz Could Be National Security Threat Over Turkish Ties | Beaufort County Now | Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned during a Friday press briefing that Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz was a potential national security threat due to his ties with his native country of Turkey.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Ryan Saavedra.

    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned during a Friday press briefing that Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz was a potential national security threat due to his ties with his native country of Turkey.

    Pompeo's remarks come after ABC News reported this week on a photograph that showed Oz voting in Turkish elections as recently as 2018. Oz was also accused this week of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by not registering as a foreign agent while he was doing work for Turkish Airlines, which is 49.12% owned by the Turkish government.

    "We criticize American candidates all the time because they didn't vote. This is different from that," Pompeo said. "Not only did he not engage in the American [process] but he engaged in the Turkish political process. That raises in my mind a lot of judgments about his priority."

    "Maybe it's all innocent, maybe it's all straight up, but we and the people of Pennsylvania and the Americans who he will be representing as one of 100 members of the US Senate voting on important national security matters need to understand the scope and depth of his relationship with the Turkish government," he continued. "I was involved in the process which adjudicated efforts to receive national security information - the clearance process inside the United States. And precisely the things that we have seen reported are the kinds of things that those who are making those judgments about whether to provide that sensitive American information - to government officials or to private citizens, to contractors are working on behalf of the American government - these are precisely the kinds of questions they would ask in making such a determination and they get answers."

    Pompeo added that the questions were usually asked during a polygraph exam.

    Oz's campaign responded by claiming that the remarks from Pompeo, who also previously served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), were "pathetic and xenophobic."

    A letter this week from Armenian National Committee of America Executive Director Aram Hamparian to Matthew G. Olsen, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, urged the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into whether Oz violated FARA.

    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."

    The Daily Wire is one of America's fastest growing conservative media companies for breaking news, investigative reporting, sports, podcasts, in-depth analysis, books, and entertainment for a reason: because we believe in what we do. We believe in our country, in the value of truth and the freedom to speak it, and in the right to challenge tyranny wherever we see it. Believe the same? Become a member now and join our mission.
Go Back


Latest Op-Ed & Politics

new Biden Dept, of Agriculture reg - will Beaufort County schools knuckle under?
bills to prohibit biological men participating in womens sports advance
Following the failed vote on pro-abortion legislation proposed by Democrats, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has issued a statement that democracy has failed and that our nation may never recover.
Several employees who worked at the Mayfield, Kentucky, candle factor that was destroyed by Friday night’s tornadoes said they were told they would be fired if they left their shifts early.
Super-model Gisele Bündchen, wife of NFL legend Tom Brady, revealed how she was traumatized at the age of 18 when she was made to wear a breast-baring outfit at a fashion show.
The Monkeypox pandemic has finally breached the shores of the United States, with the CDC confirming a staggering 1 infections so far.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) said in a report on Tuesday that numerous FBI officials had sex with prostitutes while overseas and that most of them lied to investigators when confronted about the allegations.


62% say they would take up arms to fight while 12% said they would not
fewer deaths per 100,000 than most of Europe
The North Carolina General Assembly convened the 2022 short session Wednesday, May 18 after the longest long session in state history concluded in March.
A small clique is trying to control the local GOP and circumvent the duly elected Executive Committee
Fox News host Tucker Carlson fired back at Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), calling him a “coward” after Schumer refused to appear on Carlson’s show to discuss Schumer linking Carlson to the Buffalo massacre in which 10 people were killed.
Sporting a purple pin-striped suit and top hat while twirling a cane whimsically, President Biden announced today that he has hidden five golden crack pipes among the millions of taxpayer-funded safe smoking kits.
Billionaire Elon Musk unloaded on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in a series of tweets on Tuesday after Warren suggested without evidence that Musk does not pay taxes because of a “rigged tax code.”


Back to Top