Dems: Flynn did not disclose Middle East trip

Dems: Flynn did not disclose Middle East trip

President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn appeared to violate the law by failing to disclose a business trip to the Middle East, according to two Democratic lawmakers.

The two Democrats in a letter to Flynn's former business partners are asking for documents related to his work in Russia, Saudi Arabia and other countries.

Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) say they are most concerned that Flynn did not identify a single foreign government source he met with in the seven years prior to his submission of a security clearance renewal application in 2016.

“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 official he had contact with in the seven years prior to submitting his security clearance application," the two wrote.

Flynn's former colleagues originally made the disclosures in response to a letter from Cummings and Engel sent in June. That letter requested information about a Newsweek report saying Flynn had promoted the deal on a 2015 trip to Israel and Egypt.

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“Your responses raise significant questions about whether General Flynn continued to communicate with you and others about this project after the presidential election, after Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE was sworn in as president, and after General Flynn assumed the post of National Security Advisor — without disclosing his foreign travel or contacts,” the two Democrats wrote Tuesday.

The Democrats say that Flynn could face prison for refusing to disclose the trip and his foreign contacts on his security clearance renewal application. 

Cummings and Engel said they would forward the information received from the business associates to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's efforts to influence the presidential election.

The retired lieutenant general departed from his White House post in February after reports emerged that he failed to disclose his past conversations about with Russian officials about removing sanctions against the country prior to Trump taking office.

Flynn refused on Tuesday to comply with a request to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to CNN.

The former national security adviser has offered to testify before the House and Senate Intelligence panels in exchange for immunity, but lawmakers rejected the deal.