President Trump and his administration were just exposed by House Democrats trying to illegally sell restricted nuclear technology which could be used for arms production to Saudi Arabia.
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The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), ripped the lid off of the scandal with a detailed report, which began with a shady US-Saudi-Russia nuclear power deal proposed by National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on behalf of a greedy consortium of Reagan-era ex-generals and admirals called IP3.
When that failed to launch, IP3 repackaged the plan as the “Middle East Marshall Plan” and used its connections in the Trump White House, like National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Inauguration chairman Tom Barrack, and National Security Council senior director for Middle East affairs Derek Harvey to push a plan to build at least 40 nuclear power plants across the Kingdom.
Ars Technica reports that “one senior political official stated that the proposal was ‘not a business plan,’ but rather ‘a scheme for these generals to make some money.’ That official stated: ‘Okay, you know we cannot do this.'”
While the plan lost momentum with the ignominious resignation of Michael Flynn and his subsequent indictment, IP3 has continued to push the plan in the Trump administration to this day, disregarding all concerns over the Saudi refusal to sign an agreement promising to not pursue uranium enrichment or other weaponization technologies:
The House wrote:
“The Committee’s investigation is particularly critical because the Administration’s efforts to transfer sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia appear to be ongoing. “
“On February 12, 2019, the President met with nuclear power developers at the White House about sharing nuclear technology with countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia.”
“In addition, next week Mr. Kushner will be embarking on a tour of Middle Eastern capitals—including Riyadh—to discuss the economic portion of the Administration’s Middle East peace plan.”
Members of Congress from both parties are concerned that Saudi Arabia could use the nuclear reactor technology that Trump is trying to give them to build a nuclear weapon, and for good reason.
Last March, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman went on CBS to announce that the Kingdom would seek nuclear weapons if Iran succeeds in acquiring them (which they have not). In addition, his country wants to see an end to President Obama’s historic nuclear peace treaty with Iran, which would fulfill their pretext for obtaining nukes and would give weapons of mass destruction to the nation whose government officials were involved in the 9/11 terror attacks.
In total, there are nine different controls codified in federal law which restrict nuclear technology transfer in order to prevent weapons proliferation. Nuclear transfers also require Congressional approval under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.
Donald Trump has done business with the Saudi royal family since the late 1980s, when he went on the David Letterman Show to brag about buying a tremendous yacht from Jamal Khashoggi’s uncle, who was a key middleman in the Iran-Contra scandal.
Trump’s administration has long been thought to be in league with the Saudis on a wide variety of issues, including complicity in the cover-up of Khashoggi’s gruesome murder inside a Saudi Embassy in Turkey, which includes skipping a Congressionally-mandated deadline to report on the murder and determine whether it would be appropriate to trigger Magnitsky Act sanctions.
That puts Donald Trump in the business of personally protecting the Saudi Crown Prince from US sanctions.
Entire books were written about the last Republican administration this close to the Saudi royal family. President George W. Bush got Saudi aid throughout his adult life and his father President George H.W. Bush got into business with the bin Laden family after leaving office but before 9/11.
But the close Trump-Saudi connection is emerging this year as an even graver national security problem that threatens to eclipse the chaos caused by the President’s overly friendly relationship with Vladimir Putin.
Read the entire House Oversight Committee report here:
BREAKING: Multiple #whistleblowers raise grave concerns with #WhiteHouse efforts to transfer sensitive U.S. Nuclear Technology to #SaudiArabia.
Read Chairman @RepCummings NEW staff report and documents here⬇️ https://t.co/OzgPGjLane
— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) February 19, 2019