House Dems: 'Does not appear' Flynn disclosed trip to Middle East

House Dems: 'Does not appear' Flynn disclosed trip to Middle East
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Two House Democrats say that President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, “does not appear” to have disclosed a trip to the Middle East during the process of renewing his security clearance. 

In a Monday letter addressed to multiple parties, including the Flynn Intel Group, Democratic Reps. Eliot Engel (N.Y.) and Elijah Cummings (Md.) ask for documents related to Flynn’s work with Russia and Saudi Arabia. 

Engel and Cummings in the letter say that Flynn, who was forced to resign after he misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with Russian officials, failed to report one trip to the Middle East and “omitted significant details” about a second trip.

“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.

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After this trip, according to the congressmen, Saudi Arabia announced a deal with Rosatom, a Russian state corporation focused on nuclear energy.

Engel and Cummings also say that while Flynn disclosed a second trip to the Middle East later that year, he failed to reveal which “friend” joined him on the trip to Saudi Arabia. 

“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 official he had contact with in the seven years prior to submitting his security clearance application,” the letter says.

Copied on the letter are the chairmen of the House committees on which Cummings and Engel, respectively, serve as ranking members: Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyCambridge Analytica whistleblower briefs House Dems GOP chairmen say they have deal with Justice on documents Overnight Energy: Dems raise new questions about Pruitt's security | EPA rules burning wood is carbon neutral | Fourth GOP lawmaker calls for Pruitt's ouster | Court blocks delay to car efficiency fines MORE (R-S.C.) of the Oversight Committee and Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) of the Foreign Affairs Committee.