Mike Flynn ignored White House staff warnings, pushed plan to build nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia: Report – Washington Examiner
A new congressional report says President Trump’s former national security adviser Mike Flynn worked with a group of retired U.S. generals to push a plan to build dozens of nuclear power reactors in Saudi Arabia.
Flynn’s work with the retired military officials, who had formed a private company to promote the plan, was detailed in a report by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Flynn and Derek Harvey, whom Flynn hired to oversee Middle East affairs on the National Security Council, ignored several legal and ethical warnings from career White House staff about the proposal. The National Security Council’s top lawyer even ordered the pair to stand down, but they went ahead working to get the proposal on Trump’s agenda during a call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the president’s May 2017 trip to Riyadh.
An unnamed official in the House report referred to the proposal as “a scheme for these generals to make some money.”
Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said the panel would be making requests for documents from the White House and other agencies as it continues to investigate the matter.
In February 2017, two weeks into the fledgling Trump administration, Flynn resigned from the White House after it was revealed that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
He pleaded guilty in December 2017 to a lying to the FBI about his two contacts with the Russian ambassador and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Flynn participated in 19 interviews with prosecutors, who called his cooperation “substantial.” In exchange, Mueller recommended no prison time for the former Trump aide.
Flynn was supposed to be sentenced in December in the case, but a judge postponed the sentencing, asking both sides to update him on the case in March.