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WSJ: Flynn Pushed Private Sector Mideast Nuke Power Plan Inside WH

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By    |   Tuesday, 28 November 2017 09:06 PM

Michael Flynn continued promoting a private sector-backed nuclear power plan even after he became President Donald Trump's national security adviser, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The backers of the plan even sent Flynn a draft memo to give to Trump to sign that would have authorized the project, though there is no evidence Flynn ever did so.

Before his time in the Trump administration, Flynn, working as a consultant, had advised some of the American companies involved about the proposal to build multiple nuclear reactors in the region. The plan is touted by supporters as a "Marshall Plan for the Middle East."

It was expected to generate $250 billion in revenue for the U.S. companies, according to documents cited by the Journal.

From the government's standpoint, it was seen as a way to strengthen the rival countries to Iran, which is developing its own nuclear program. The Trump White House believes the Obama administration was too lax with Iran, and the oil-rich country is actually using its nuclear power program as a guise to build nuclear weapons and threaten its neighbors.

Though Flynn might not have given Trump the draft memo, he did tell a National Security Council staff member to create an official directive detailing the plan for Trump to sign, the Journal reports. The former staffer kept promoting the plan even after Flynn left his White House job in February.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is looking into Flynn's role with the companies and how much his role as a consultant overlapped his White House job.

Flynn initially did not include the details of what he did for the companies in his security-clearance interview, a violation of federal law.

He also is under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller's probe over work he did for Turkey, and speculation abounds he might be working out a deal with Mueller in his Russia election meddling investigation.

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Even after he became President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn continued promoting a private sector-backed nuclear power plan, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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