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From Day One, the relationship between Donald Trump, his associates, and Saudi Arabia has been more than a little sketchy. Major examples include Trump making Saudi Arabia his first stop outside of the U.S.; son-in-law Jared Kushner’s secretive trips to Saudi Arabia to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman; and Trump’s curious defense of the crown prince after news broke that he ordered the gruesome murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi.

Today, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are shedding new light on the troubling relationship between top Trump associates and Saudi Arabia, releasing a new 24-page report that details Trump administration officials’ efforts to give “highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia” over the objections of U.S. intelligence officials, including former national security adviser H.R. McMaster. The plan, originally promoted by Trump’s first national security adviser Michael Flynn (more on that below), is still being discussed and is now driven by Jared Kushner and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. The plan would create a network of nuclear power plants across Saudi Arabia. Rep. Harley Rouda is vowing to investigate how and why this deal is being considered and who stands to gain financially.

The Washington Post has more of the troubling details from the report.

Claims presented by whistle-blowers and White House documents obtained by the committee show that the company backing the nuclear plan, IP3 International, and allies in the White House were working so closely that the company sent a draft memo to Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, to circulate just days after the inauguration. Mr. Flynn had worked on the plan for IP3 during the Trump campaign and transition, the Democrats said, and continued to advocate for it in the White House.

Even after Mr. Flynn left the White House in February 2017, officials on the National Security Council pushed ahead, the Democrats said, ignoring advice from the N.S.C.’s ethics counsel and other lawyers to cease all work on the plan because of potentially illegal conflicts.

The draft memo also referenced another close Trump associate, Thomas J. Barrack, who served as chairman of the president’s inaugural committee. It said that Mr. Trump had appointed Mr. Barrack as a special representative to implement the plan, which it called “the Middle East Marshall Plan.” The memo also directed agencies to support Mr. Barrack’s efforts.

Donald Trump curtsying to the Saudi king
Trump curtsies to the King of Saudi Arabia

Once again, Trump’s buddy Tom Barrack is front and center. Barrack was the chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee, which is currently under investigation by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. Prosecutors are probing to see if officials from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other Middle Eastern countries made illegal contributions to the Trump Inauguration Committee.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Donald Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn speaks with members of the military on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Michael Flynn at Trump’s Inauguration, giddy about cashing in

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a current cooperating witness in the special counsel investigation, was pushing hard for this plan before the inauguration, and even more so afterward. In fact, at the very moment Donald Trump took the oath of office, Michael Flynn was texting an associate that their plan was “good to go.” From a Politico report in December 2017:

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee said in a letter dated Wednesday that the whistleblower reported attending an Inauguration Day event with Flynn’s former business associate Alex Copson, the managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners.

The whistleblower said Copson gushed that Trump’s inauguration was “the best day of my life” because it meant his company’s effort to create a U.S.-Russia energy partnership in the Middle East, which reportedly would have included more than two dozen nuclear plants in the region, was moving forward. Copson said Flynn was making sure Obama-era sanctions, which he claimed threatened the nuclear project, would be “ripped up,” according to the whistleblower.

And the whistleblower said Copson flipped his phone around to reveal a text message he said came from Flynn describing the nuclear reactor project as “good to go.” According to the account, the whistleblower didn’t see the substance of the text but recalled seeing a 12:11 p.m. time stamp. At that time, Flynn was on the dais during Trump’s inaugural address.

These guys couldn’t wait to start cashing in, even at the expense of America’s national security. Now that Democrats have control of the House and the House Oversight Committee, look for this very serious matter to start getting the attention it has always deserved.


Rep. Cummings says their actions may have violated federal law. From NPR:

Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings’s staff issued an “interim staff” report Tuesday, citing “multiple whistleblowers” who raised ethical and legal concerns about the process.

“They have warned about political appointees ignoring directives from top ethics advisers at the White House who repeatedly and unsuccessfully ordered senior Trump administration officials to halt their efforts,” the report states. “They have also warned of conflicts of interest among top White House advisers that could implicate federal criminal statutes.”

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4 COMMENTS

  1. So if the Democrats found this then there is no way the ReThuglicans didn’t know and were all good with letting this illegal scam go through. WTH else is or has the White House been involved in that we don’t yet know about. This explains why tRump and Kushner are so close with Saubia Arabia. I wonder how much money they got out of this. This could be payback for Quatar giving Kushner money for his 666 property.

  2. TRUMP should be incarcerated in a padded cell IMMEDIATELY!!! What are we waiting on??? This guy is nuts and doesn’t care if he contributes to WW3 and turns our planet and everything on it to dust!!

  3. Don the Con should be condemned for his connection with the Saudis the same goes for Kushner. I hope they are all put in jail for a long time.

  4. This is the single most outrageous allegation heard …in a couple hours…ALL we hear is this bullshit…WHY is this corrupt unfit for office lying SOB traitor allowed to remain in office? He could be ousted if the elected officials stepped up and did their job….what is driving this and WHY won’t anyone rein him in-McConnel & Graham are good examples of trumpet worship-WHY WHY? There will be a outrageous event and no one to handle it…..do we have to wait for trumpet to have a heart attack or what?

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