House to Probe Push to Sell Nuclear Tech to Saudi Arabia

Credit: Newsy Studio
Published on February 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:41s

House to Probe Push to Sell Nuclear Tech to Saudi Arabia

A report from the House oversight committee raises concerns about national security and the Trump administration's relationship with Saudi Arabia.


House to Probe Push to Sell Nuclear Tech to Saudi Arabia

House Democrats are  launching an investigation  into the White House and other agencies after multiple whistleblowers raised "grave concerns with [the] Trump administration's efforts to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia."  The House Committee on Oversight and Reform released a  24-page interim staff report  on the situation on Tuesday.  In one example, the report described how government officials pushed a plan to develop "dozens of nuclear power plants" in Saudi Arabia and ignored warnings that the project had to meet certain legal requirements within the Atomic Energy Act.

Under the act, the U.S. cannot transfer any nuclear technology to foreign countries without prior approval from Congress, which the report says it didn't have.

Despite those warnings, the report details how the company backing that nuclear plan — IP3 International — sent documents directly to then-national security adviser Michael Flynn to give to the president to approve.

IP3 is a private company that set up a group of U.S. companies to build nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia.

Flynn reportedly described himself as an adviser to an IP3 subsidiary and remained in that position during the presidential campaign and then the presidential transition.

The whistleblowers   said several attorneys at the National Security Council's office agreed that Flynn had a potential conflict of interest in that deal that could "violate the criminal conflict of interest statute." The report also raised concerns about national security and the Trump administration's relationship with Saudi Arabia, stating efforts to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia "may be ongoing to this day," and that's why it's important to launch an investigation. 

You are here

Recent related videos from verified sources

New Method Could Transform CO2 Back Into Coal 00:36
Credit: Wochit Tech - Published 3 weeks ago 

WH aides ignored warnings on reactor plan -report 01:40
Credit: Reuters Studio - Published on February 19, 2019 

House Dems Investigate Trump Officials Nuclear Plan In Saudia Arabia 01:19
Credit: HuffPost NOW News - Published on February 19, 2019 

Trump Ignores The Rules On Nuclear 00:43
Credit: Wochit News - Published on February 19, 2019 

You might like