Letter Claims Flynn Promoted Nuclear Deal With Sanctioned Russian Firm

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Elijah Cummings and Eliot Engel, both Democratic members of the House of Representatives, said in a letter published on Wednesday: "The American people deserve to know whether Genera Flynn was secretly promoting the private interests of these businesses while he was a campaign adviser, transition official, or President Trump's national security adviser".

The answers they got from Flynn's lawyer, Cummings and Engel wrote Tuesday, seemed to confirm that the undisclosed trips took place - and raised the possibility that the embattled Trump ally may have continued his involvement in the deal after assuming his role in the administration.

But Flynn never disclosed the trip or his contact with foreign officials in January 2016 when he reapplied for a security clearance, which is required under federal law, the Democrats say.

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The Democrats say the responses from the companies suggest they may have pursued the deal while Flynn was still national security adviser and with the Trump administration after he left the White House. The elder Flynn is a retired Army lieutenant general and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

The trips to Egypt and Israel were not the first foreign contacts Flynn failed to disclose on his security clearance forms. The line of inquiry was opened based on the younger Flynn's connections to Russian Federation, a country he previously traveled to with his father, according to four current and former government officials. Others seen as potential targets by special counsel Robert Mueller include Carter Page, a Trump campaign ally, the President's son Donald Trump Jr., and the President's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner. Shortly before the 2016 election, Alex Copson of ACU Strategic Partners, who was involved in the venture and was one of the recipients of the letters from Mr Cummings and Mr Engel, told AL.com the idea was "very important to the U.S./Russian collaboration to stabilise the Middle East through nuclear power".

According to reports, the project proposes to construct 40 nuclear reactors across the Middle East that would feed a regional electric grid. Flynn did provide documents to the House and Senate panels, but declined to testify, citing his Fifth Amendment rights.

Documents obtained by the committee earlier this year also revealed that Flynn was paid $11,250 by Russia's top cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky, and another $11,250 by the Russian charter cargo airline Volga-Dnepr Airlines for two speaking engagements in 2015.

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