Top Democrats on the House Oversight Committee and Committee for Foreign Affairs are demanding documents regarding a trip to the Middle East taken by former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn for a nuclear deal with Russia, which naturally, he kept secret.
Newsweek reported earlier this month that in June 2015, Flynn traveled to Saudi Arabia to work on a “joint U.S.-Russian (and Saudi-financed) program to get control over the Arab world’s rush to acquire nuclear power.” Citing this report, Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) are demanding “documents and communications from Flynn’s company and two other businesses reportedly involved in the deal.”
First, it appears that General Flynn failed to disclose the trip he took to the middle east in the summer of 2015 to pursue a joint U.S.-Russian business venture to develop nuclear facilities located in – and financed by – Saudi Arabia. Soon after he took this trip, Saudi Arabia announced an agreement with Russia’s state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, that resulted in a $100 billion deal in 2016 to build 16 nuclear power units. It does not appear that General Flynn disclosed this trip or any foreign contacts as part of his security clearance renewal process.
Second, General Flynn did report making a later trip to the Middle East – to Saudi Arabia in October 2015 – but he omitted significant details. He reported that he traveled to Saudi Arabia with a friend for six days to speak at a conference, that he stayed at the King Khaled International Hotel, and that his expenses were paid by a “work sponsor.”
However, Geneneral Flynn failed to disclose the identity of the friend who accompanied him; officials from General Flynn’s speaker’s bureaus could not identify any conference he may have attended during this time period; there does not appear to be a hotel with the name General Flynn provided; and General Flynn failed to disclose who sponsored his trip.
“Most troubling of all,” the letter continues, Flynn never disclosed “even a single foreign government official he had contact with in the seven years prior to submitting his security clearance application.”
Shit just keeps getting deeper. You can read the entire letter below:
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