Bijan Kian

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Bijan Kian

Bijan R. Kian, sometimes written Bijan Rafiekian, is an Iranian-American businessman. He has been an executive or board member of many businesses and organizations.[1]

Kian was a member of the Board of Directors of the Export–Import Bank of the United States from 2006 to 2011,[2][3] after being nominated by President George W. Bush and receiving Senate confirmation.[4]

Kian was a partner of retired United States Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn in the Flynn Intel Group and worked with the incoming Trump administration's transition team on matters relating to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.[5][6]

The US Special Counsel's office opened an investigation into Flynn and the Flynn Intel Group, including Kian, in 2017.[7][8] On December 17, 2018, several months after Flynn entered into a cooperation agreement with the Special Counsel's office, and two weeks after Flynn pleaded guilty in federal court for lying to the FBI, Kian and Kamil Ekim Alptekin were indicted in US federal court. Kian was charged with illegally acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government and for lobbying the US government on behalf of Turkey to extradite Fethullah Gülen, who lives in the U.S., to Turkey, where Gülen was later blamed for orchestrating a failed coup in 2016.[9][10] Kian pleaded not guilty. The trial began on July 15, 2019.[11][12] Contractors of the intel company gave testimony in the trial of the subject, which revealed the subject had requested surveillance of Gulen supporters, investigations of terrorist connections, and classified FBI documents on Gulen.[13] He was convicted on July 23, 2019.[14]

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  1. ^ Executive Profile: Bijan R. Kian at bloomberg.com
  2. ^ Professional Banker, Business Executive and Educator sworn-in as newest board member at Export-Import Bank of the United States Ex-Im Bank press release, 9 Oct 2006
  3. ^ Ex-Im Bank History. Export Import Bank of the United States web site. Archived at the Wayback Machine on 23 Jan 2015
  4. ^ Hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. 11 July 2007
  5. ^ Stephen Braun; Chad Day (Associated Press). Trump transition aide was key player in Flynn’s Turkish work. Washington Times. 13 June 2017
  6. ^ Trump Administration Transition team members list, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, December 2016
  7. ^ Reuters. Who is Bijan Kian? Feds probe ex-Flynn associate for payments from companies with Russian and Turkish ties. Newsweek, 20 June 2017
  8. ^ Julia Ainsley. Mike Flynn business partner Bijan Kian now subject of Mueller probe. NBC News. 22 Nov 2017
  9. ^ Weiner, Rachel (December 17, 2018). "Michael Flynn's business partner charged with illegally lobbying for Turkey". Washington Post. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Trial Begins With High Stakes for US-Turkey Ties, Ex-Trump Adviser Flynn". Voice of America. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  11. ^ AP. "Prosecutors may be forced to name Flynn in lobbying case". 13 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Trial Begins With High Stakes for US-Turkey Ties, Ex-Trump Adviser Flynn". Voice of America. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  13. ^ Gerstein, Josh. (17 July 2019). "Flynn juggled Trump campaign role with foreign lobbying, jurors told." Politico website Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  14. ^ Gerstein, Josh. "Trump transition adviser convicted on foreign-agent charges". POLITICO. Retrieved 2019-07-24.