Michael Flynn faces new ques­tions

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE -

WASH­ING­TON — For­mer Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Michael Flynn faced new ques­tions about a 2015 trip he took to the Mid­dle East as part of a pri­vate pro­posal to build nu­clear power plants across the re­gion.

Two top Democrats said in a let­ter re­leased Wed­nes­day that he ap­peared to have vi­o­lated fed­eral law by fail­ing to re­port the trip when he re­newed his se­cu­rity clear­ance last year. The law­mak­ers — Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings of Mary­land and Rep. Eliot En­gel of New York — also said doc­u­ments turned over to their staff sug­gested that Flynn also failed to re­port contacts with Is­raeli and Egyp­tian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

The in­for­ma­tion re­leased by the law­mak­ers was fresh ev­i­dence that Flynn didn’t fully ac­count for his for­eign contacts and busi­ness en­tan­gle­ments even though he was li­able for pos­si­ble fed­eral crim­i­nal penal­ties for ly­ing or omit­ting such in­for­ma­tion.

Se­cu­rity clear­ance ques­tion­naires specif­i­cally ask ap­pli­cants to re­port any meet­ings abroad or contacts with for­eign gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials that oc­curred in the pre­vi­ous seven years. As a for­mer di­rec­tor of the De­fense In­tel­li­gence Agency, Flynn main­tained a se­cu­rity clear­ance.

Flynn has been dogged by ques­tions about his lack of dis­clo­sure of a Turk­ish lob­by­ing oper­a­tion and of for­eign pay­ments he ac­cepted af­ter leav­ing the mil­i­tary in 2014. Flynn also was forced to re­sign his Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion post in Fe­bru­ary af­ter White House of­fi­cials de­ter­mined that he had mis­led them about the na­ture of diplo­matic con­ver­sa­tions with Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador.

Spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller is scru­ti­niz­ing Flynn’s for­eign in­ter­ac­tions as part of his probe into Rus­sia’s med­dling in the 2016 elec­tion and any pos­si­ble co­or­di­na­tion with Trump as­so­ci­ates. Ear­lier this year, that in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­cor­po­rated an on­go­ing fed­eral probe into Flynn’s Turk­ish lob­by­ing.

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