WH aides ignored warnings on reactor plan -report

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Published on February 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:40s

WH aides ignored warnings on reactor plan -report

Top White House aides ignored repeated warnings they could be breaking the law as they worked with former U.S. officials and a close friend of President Donald Trump to advance a multi-billion-dollar plan to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East, Democratic lawmakers alleged in a report released Tuesday.

Nathan Frandino has more.


WH aides ignored warnings on reactor plan -report

Democrats on Capitol Hill have opened a new probe of the White House after whistleblowers said senior aides to President Donald Trump ignored repeated warnings they could be BREAKING THE LAW in their push to build NUCLEAR REACTORS in Saudi Arabia.

According to a report released Tuesday by the House Oversight Committee, President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and two aides had promoted a multi-billion dollar deal to TRANSFER HIGHLY SENSITIVE NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY to the Saudis, without going through the mandatory approval process in Congress.

The report said Flynn promoted the plan with longtime Trump adviser Tom Barrack, the chairman of Trump's inaugural committee, along with a consortium of U.S. firms, including Westinghouse.

According to the report, Flynn himself was an adviser to the consortium WHILE also working for Trump's campaign and transition, raising flags over conflict of interest.

Flynn was fired after less than a month on the job over his contacts with Russia and later pled guilty to lying to the FBI.

A top lawyer on the national security council had ordered the nuclear project halted, but the report said Trump's White House appears to have continued it anyway and investigators fear Trump may still be considering the deal.

The White House, Flynn and the consortium had no immediate comment.

The consortium hoped to build nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab states.

Senators from both parties worry Saudi Arabia might try to develop nuclear weapons if equipped with U.S. technology without stringent oversight.

Last month the Senate passed a bill rebuking Trump for keeping close ties to Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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