Whistleblower deposed in Schmidt versus Krikorian election complaint (video included)
Sibel Edmonds finally gets to tell her story
August 24, 2009
The newspaper of record for Brown County, Ohio
Ohio Second District Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, R-Cincinnati, filed nine election
complaints against independent candidate David Krikorian concerning the 2008
election in May this year.
Krikorian opposed Schmidt in the Second District Congressional race as an independent
in 2008 and is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2010 race in April.
The complaints focus on Krikorian’s statements during the election stating that
Rep. Schmidt was taking money from organizations related to the Turkish government
in exchange for denying the occurrence of what Krikorian called the Armenian
Genocide at the hands of the Turks during World War I.
The complaints also relate to Election Commission records on campaign contributions
Schmidt received from the Turkish American Heritage PAC and the Turkish Coalition
Since filing the complaints, Schmidt’s counsel has withdrawn four complaints,
and an Ohio Elections Commission three-person panel decided there was probable
cause to hear the remaining complaints on Thursday, Aug. 13. The five remaining
complaints will be reviewed by the entire Commission on Sept. 3.
In preparation for the Sept. 3 hearing, Krikorian’s lawyer requested a subpoena
for well known whistleblower and former interpreter for the FBI, Sibel Edmonds.
The OEC declined to enforce the subpoena, however Edmonds agreed to speak to
Krikorian and Schmidt’s lawyers on a voluntary basis.
The video deposition was brought forward by Krikorian’s counsel to provide
background on the alleged involvement of the Turkish government in Congressional
affairs through blackmail, bribery, and campaign contributions filtered through
various organizations. Edmonds also describes Turkish infiltration of the Pentagon
and Air Force.
Edmonds’ deposition is significant because she has twice been “gagged”
by a State Secrets exemption from testifying for a 9/11 investigation and a
By various Internet bloggers she has been called the most gagged woman in the
“We were very surprised she was allowed to testify,” said Krikorian
about the deposition. “She was gagged twice under the Bush Administration
and we have received several threatening letters from the FBI and the Department
of Justice. To Obama’s and to Eric Holder the Attorney General’s credit she
was allowed to testify.”
As the Sept. 3 OEC hearing approaches, the depositions continue. Licoln McGurdy,
Treasurer of the Turkish Coalition USA PAC was the recent subject of a deposition
and Schmidt was to be deposed Monday, Aug. 24.
Edmonds (who is Turkish-American) called as a witness for Krikorian (who is
Armenian-American) testified to infiltration, bribery, corruption, and blackmail
within the U.S. Government, by current and former members of the U.S. House
and other high ranking officials, on behalf of Turkish interests.
Schmidt, the co-chair of the Congressional Turkish Caucus filed the complaint
with the OEC alleging “false statements” by Krikorian when he alleged
she had taken “blood money” from those opposed to a Congressional
declaration of Armenian Genocide by the Turks during WWI. There are claims by
Krikorian that Schmidt took more money from Turkish interests during the 2008
campaign than any other House candidate.
Below is the video deposition by Edmonds. Some serious charges are made in
this deposition, this newspaper/website provides this as public information
that readers/viewers may develop their own opinions and understandings of the
subject. Note most of Edmonds’ deposition is relevant to a time period previous
to Rep. Schmidt taking office.