Democrats investigating whether Gen Michael Flynn promoted reactor project as Trump aide

Danny Woods
September 13, 2017

The son of President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is a subject of the federal investigation into Russian election meddling and any possible ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow, according to a Wednesday report from NBC News.

Democrats sought information from three American companies in June after Newsweek reported that Flynn traveled to the Middle East in the summer of 2015 to broker a $100 billion deal between the companies, Saudi Arabia and Russia's nuclear power agency. Representatives Elijah Cummings and Eliot Engel made the disclosure in a letter they sent on Tuesday to Flynn's lawyer and executives of firms that developed the reactor scheme and for which Flynn's now-defunct consulting company worked. Robert Kelner, Flynn's lawyer, declined to comment.

"It appears that General Flynn violated federal law by omitting this trip and these foreign contacts from his security clearance renewal application in 2016 and concealing them from security clearance investigators who interviewed him", the letter states.

A former business associate told NBC News that the younger Flynn played a major role in the group's day-to-day operations and served as his father's chief of staff.

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Cummings has previously documented payments from Russian entities to Flynn, which he did not report as required, and earlier questions have also been raised about his advocacy for Turkey. Trump, who took office on January 20, fired Flynn on February 13, 18 days after a top Justice Department official warned that the former Defense Intelligence Agency director could be blackmailed because Moscow knew he made misleading statements about his contacts with Russian officials.

The letter requested details of any communication Flynn had with foreign governments about the nuclear project and suggested that the general's interest in the proposed deals may have represented a conflict of interest.

During his vetting process as Trump's national security adviser, Flynn failed to declare a 2015 tip to Moscow on which he received a $33,000 fee and sat with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the past, Flynn's attorney has pledged to cooperate with congressional intelligence committees, which have subpoena power and can compel testimony.

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