"House Opens Inquiry Into Proposed US Nuclear Venture in Saudi Arabia"

"WASHINGTON — Top Trump administration officials have pushed to build nuclear power plants throughout Saudi Arabia over the vigorous objections of White House lawyers who question the legality of the plan and the ethics of a venture that could enrich Trump allies, according to a new report by House Democrats released on Tuesday.

The report is the most detailed portrait to date of how senior White House figures — including Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser — worked with retired military officers to circumvent the normal policymaking process to promote an export plan that experts worried could spread nuclear weapons technology in the volatile Middle East. Administration lawyers warned that the nuclear exports plan — called the Middle East Marshall Plan — could violate laws meant to stop nuclear proliferation and raised concerns about Mr. Flynn’s conflicts of interest.

Mr. Flynn had worked on the issue for the company promoting the nuclear export plan and kept pushing it once inside the White House."

Nicholas Fandos and Mark Mazzetti report for the New York Times February 19, 2019.


"House Launches Probe of US Nuclear Plan In Saudi Arabia" (BBC News)

"Trump Officials Tried To Rush Nuclear Technology To Saudis, House Panel Finds" (NPR)

"Donald Trump Rushing To Sell Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology" (Aljazeera)

Source: NY Times, 02/20/2019