Vice President Mike Pence said the topic of Halkbank, the state-owned Turkish bank that was indicted Tuesday, came up during ceasefire talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“When we concluded the negotiations, the topic was raised,” Pence said during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey. “We informed them that this was a matter for the Southern District of New York.”
CNN reported this week that Erdogan had previously urged President Trump in a phone call to drop a potential DOJ indictment into the state-owned Turkish bank Halkbank. Trump told Erdogan he would have his people look into it.
The US indicted Halkbank on Tuesday on charges related to evading sanctions on Iran.