House Dems question Flynn disclosures of Middle East travel


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.

Two top House Democrats are questioning whether Michael Flynn failed to report a 2015 trip to the Middle East to federal security clearance investigators, a potential omission that could add to the legal jeopardy President Donald Trump's former national security adviser faces over the truthfulness of his statements to authorities and on government documents.

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. That trip was not disclosed when he renewed his top security clearance ahead of becoming Trump's top national security official, with access to nearly all of the U.S.'s top secrets. Engel is the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Eliot Engel (D-Bronx).

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 USA nuclear industry and the Russian government and largely bankrolled by Saudi Arabia. He did not report that trip, but in his June 2015 testimony before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Flynn said he had "just came from a trip-fairly extensive trip to the Middle East", during which nuclear power "was one of the big issues that came up".

As the Cummings-Engel letter on Monday noted, "According to a financial disclosure form that General Flynn submitted after he was sacked as National Security Advisor, he did not begin advising X-Co Dynamics Inc./IronBridge Group until August 2015", two months after his trip to Israel and Egypt.

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"Most troubling of all, we have no record of General Flynn identifying on his security clearance renewal application - or during his interview with security clearance investigators - even a single foreign government he had contact with", wrote Reps.

Newsweek reported on June 9 that Flynn had traveled to Egypt and Israel in the summer of 2015 as an adviser on a project to pursue a joint U.S. -Russian-Saudi business venture to develop nuclear facilities located in-and financed by-Saudi Arabia.

Their letter requests "all documents and communications referring or relating to any relationship" between X-Co Dynamics Inc./IronBridge Group or ACU Strategic Partners and either Flynn or his business, the Flynn Intel Group. When Defense Department Investigators questioned Flynn about the trip he said he went there with "a friend" for six days "to speak at a conference" that was paid for by "a work sponsor". "However, General Flynn failed to disclose the the identity of the friend who accompanied him; officials from General Flynn's speaker's bureaus could not identify any conference he may 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 the trip". Flynn's financial disclosure did not show any financial payment from X-Co Dynamics for his involvement.

The investigators also sent the request for information to Rear Adm. Michael Hewitt and Alex Copson, a pair of energy and security consultants who reportedly worked with him on the Saudi-Russia nuclear proposal.