Retired three-star general and President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has emerged as a central figure in several investigations into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the Kremlin, reports Stephanie Kirchgaessner.
Amidst a host of startling new revelations, says Kirchgaessner, is the fact that Flynn was secretly peddling a plan involving a Russian state-owned company currently under US sanctions.
In a letter sent by Reps. Elijah Cummings and Eliot Engel on Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers alleged that Flynn had violated federal law when he failed to disclose a trip he took in June 2015 to the Middle East to promote a joint US-Russia nuclear project with a Russian company already under US sanctions. Flynn also failed to report several contacts with foreigners, which should have been declared — disclosure violations that carry a five-year prison sentence.
What’s more, the letter contends, the retired general kept secretly promoting the plan once from the White House, and his proposal “continued to be seen as part of the Trump administration’s diplomatic ‘toolkit'” and as a “valuable private sector mechanism” for improving relations with Russia by Secretary of State Tillerson.
Flynn did not deny the trip or its purpose but refused to provide further details. Investigators are also investigating other Trump campaign officials who allegedly discussed the project with Flynn.