Democratic Lawmakers Press Flynn on Middle East Trips

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

Two House Democrats are looking into whether former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied on his security clearance form about two trips to the Middle East, including one where he helped broker a $100 billion nuclear power plant deal between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia in 2015.

Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Eliot Engel of NY said in a letter released Monday that they believe Flynn may have violated federal law by failing to disclose the trip, which they believe involved a proposal to provide nuclear power to several Middle Eastern countries.

"It does not appear that General Flynn disclosed this trip or any foreign contacts as part of his security clearance renewal process", Engel and Cummings say of the first trip in the summer of 2015.

Flynn is said to have provided documents to the House and Senate investigations into allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the USA elections. Among those payments was more than $33,000 he received from RT, the Russian state-sponsored television network that USA intelligence officials have branded as a propaganda arm of the Kremlin.

A lawyer for Flynn, Rob Kelner, declined comment in an email Monday.

House Democrats are demanding that Michael Flynn disclose more information about an alleged trip to Saudi Arabia to promote a possible joint U.S.

The two Democrats have called for all documents related to the nuclear deal to be released, including any that show Arab countries' agreement to pay Russia for the construction of nuclear reactors by buying "Russian military hardware" that otherwise would have been sold to Iran.

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During the testimony, Flynn told lawmakers he "just came from a trip - fairly extensive trip to the Middle East", during which the issue of developing nuclear energy in the region came up.

The letter cites a recent Newsweek article detailing Flynn's previously undisclosed trip and a plan that involved Saudi Arabia selling energy from the nuclear projects to United States allies in the Middle East and a promise from those Gulf countries to purchase $100 billion in arms from Russian Federation that otherwise would have been sold to Iran.

The Democrats write that they "have no record" that Flynn disclosed the trip when he applied for a new security clearance to join the Trump administration in January 2016.

"Unfortunately, Gen. Flynn did not disclose. what type of "business" he had in Saudi Arabia, who his US "friend" was who accompanied him, what "conference" he attended, or which "work sponsor" paid for his expenses".

For what it's worth, there's hotel right next to King Khalid International Airport, it just has a different name.

This letter suggests that Flynn's previously undisclosed foreign work extended much further than previously revealed.

At the time of his House testimony, Flynn said he was testifying on behalf of his Flynn Intel Group and had not received any money from a foreign government related to the subject of the hearing. CNN was unable to immediately reach Hewitt or Copson Monday afternoon, despite trying multiple listed phone numbers.

Flynn did not detail his work with X-Co Dynamics in the disclosure, but the Newsweek report alleged that Flynn's trip to Israel and Egypt in summer 2015 was part of a private effort by the firm to advance the idea of a massive ring of atomic reactors that would be built by the US nuclear industry and the Russian government and largely bankrolled by Saudi Arabia. The joint venture, which the letter notes was first noted in a Newsweek article, involved USA companies, a Russian state-sponsored company and Saudi financing, and was geared towards providing "nuclear power to the Arab world".

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