WASHINGTON - The lobbying activities of Michael G. Flynn, the son of President Trump's former national security adviser, are being examined by the special counsel investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the probe. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said in a letter they are concerned that the elder Flynn did not identify a single foreign government source he met with in the seven years prior to his submission of a security clearance renewal application in 2016.
Cummings and Engel contacted the businesses in June after Newsweek reported that Flynn traveled to the Middle East in June 2015 to negotiate a $100 billion deal between the companies, Saudi Arabia and Russia's nuclear power agency, CNN reported. In response, officials from the United States companies provided statements to the Democrats, confirming Flynn's trip in 2015. His firm also lobbied for the Turkish government, and investigators working for Mr Mueller have reportedly probed Mr Flynn's work on behalf of a Turkish businessman.
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.
Robert Kelner, Flynn's lawyer, declined to comment.
Their work involved travel to Egypt and Israel that raises potential problems for Flynn because he did not report his trips or contacts with foreign officials, as required after he retired from the Army.
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It was not immediately clear what exactly was agreed to on Wednesday night, besides the details included in the Democrats' initial statement.
Four former and current officials told the network that Flynn Jr is being looked at as party of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into collusion between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government. Also under investigation are former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., and Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, who have all denied colluding with Russian Federation. Three U.S. companies involved sought a joint venture with Moscow to bring nuclear power to several countries in the Middle East.
Flynn has emerged as one of Trump's most controversial former advisers.
The son of President Donald Trump's disgraced former national security adviser has fallen under investigation for his ties to Russian Federation.
ACU's managing director Alex Copson said in a statement to the Democrats that they sent Flynn a check worth $25,000 "to compensate him for the loss of income and business opportunities resulting from this trip".
Flynn has also been subpoenaed by the House intelligence committee, which is conducting a separate probe into Russia's election meddling.
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