House Democrats say former national-security adviser Michael Flynn failed to disclose a trip to the Middle East for a business deal involving the Saudi government and a Russian agency — and they want special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate, according to a report.
The Democrats — Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Eliot Engel of New York — sent a letter to the business partners of the retired Army general and copied Mueller, who is looking into Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election and whether Trump campaign officials cooperated, CNN reported on Wednesday.
“It appears that Gen. Flynn violated federal law by omitting this trip and these foreign contacts from his security clearance renewal application in 2016 and concealing them from security clearance investigators who interviewed him as part of the background check process,” the cable network reported.
Cummings and Engel contacted the businesses in June after Newsweek reported that Flynn traveled to the Middle East in June 2015 to negotiate a $100 billion deal between the companies, Saudi Arabia and Russia’s nuclear power agency, CNN reported.
The businesses confirmed Flynn’s trip.
But Flynn never disclosed the trip or his contact with foreign officials in January 2016 when he reapplied for a security clearance, which is required under federal law, the Democrats say.
Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, declined to comment, CNN reported.
Flynn resigned from the White House in February after reports revealed he did not inform the White House about his potentially illegal contact with a Russian ambassador during the presidential campaign.
Alex Copson, the managing director of ACU Strategic Partners, one of the businesses involved with Flynn, told CNN that his firm sent Flynn a check for $25,000 “to compensate him for the loss of income and business opportunities resulting from this trip.”
Copson said Flynn never cashed the check, but accepted travel expenses.
This report previously appeared at NYPost.com.