The House Republicans push back against a new democratically-led probe in an alleged plot of white house officials to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia, saying it constitutes a defamatory "conspiracy theory" and warning of consequences.  Democrats in the House Oversight Committee initiated the investigation Tuesday due to several unannounced whistleblowers who said they witnessed "abnormal acts" in the White House on a proposal to build dozens of nuclear reactors across the Middle East.
According to a preliminary congressional report quoting whistleblowers within the Trump administration, nuclear efforts were pushed by former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired in early 201
Now, congressional Republican officials are warning that Democrats – including the Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, chair of the House Monitoring Panel – could attack ethical referrals.
"The attack on Mr Harvey is a ridiculous conspiracy theory flocked by media partisans and now shamelessly persecuted by Democrats in Congress," said House Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence Communications Director Jack Langer to Fox News. "Congressmen accusing employees of political purposes will be reported to ethical committees. "
Legislators from both sides have expressed concern that Saudi Arabia could develop nuclear weapons if US technology is transferred without proper security measures.
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The congress report comes as Trump has made the Saudi kingdom a centerpiece for its foreign policy in Middle East. This is when he tries to further isolate Iran, which supports rebels against Saudi Arabia in a fatal proxy war in Yemen. Currently, Trump has criticized the murder of post-stamp colleague Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi's role in the Yemen war.
At the same time, Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner are developing a Middle East peace plan that could include economic proposals for Saudi Arabia.
The White House did not respond promptly to a request for comment on the congressional report.
Based on whistleblower accounts, e-mail communications, and other documents, the committee's report details how the National Security Council (NSC) and ethics officials reportedly warned that Flynns and senior AIDS actions could lead to federal conflict rules and statutes. transfer of nuclear technology to foreign powers.
Flynn is awaiting judgment to lie to the FBI in the ongoing probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
A status conference is set in his case for March 13.
At Tird ay, a person near Flynn's legal team told The Associated Press that Specialist Robert Mueller's team has reviewed the issues raised in the congressional report and that no charges have been filed with it. The person spoke on condition of anonymity due to lack of permission to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation.
Congress investigators are also investigating the role of Tom Barrack, an advocate of the nuclear proposal that ran the Trumps presidential election committee, which is under separate investigation by federal prosecutors in New York. Rick Gates, a former Barrack employee and collaborator in Mueller's study, was also involved in making proposals for the nuclear proposal.
A Barrack spokesman said in a statement that he would cooperate with the house prob.
"Mr Barrack's commitment to investment and business development across the Middle East for better aligned Middle East and US objectives is well known, as well as being more than four decades of respected relations across the region," said the statement, noting that Barrack never was in Trump administration.
Harvey did not immediately return a comment request.
According to the congress report, the whistleblowers came to the committee because they had concerns "about the efforts of the White House to hasten the transfer of highly sensitive US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of the Atomic Energy Act and without notification of Congress as required by law." efforts that can continue until today. "
An article from 2017 by the nonprofit news agency ProPublica describes some of the concerns raised within the National Security Council on the nuclear proposal – known as the" Marshall Plan for the Middle East "- suggested by a company called IP3 International.
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IP3 is led by a group of retired US military officers and national security officials, including retired backman Michael Hewitt, retired army generator Jack Keane and former Reagan National Security A show Bud McFarlane.
IP3 and other benefits of nuclear power in the Middle East argue that the United States should be involved because it will otherwise lose to Russia, China and others at billions of dollars in business. They also say that America's commitment – and its accompanying nuclear fuel boundaries – is crucial to stopping a weapons race in the region.
"The only way to solve concerns about the development of weapons of mass destruction is for the United States to participate in the introduction and safe operation of international nuclear power plants," the company said in a statement Tuesday. It also said it "looks forward to sharing what we know" with the House Committee.
Until the month before joining the Trump administration, he took note of public documents as an advisor to an iteration of Hewitt's company that told Nuclear Power.
Last year, IP3 told The Washington Post that Flynn was offered a role in the company, but formally never boarded. Tuesday said the company Flynn "was never advisor to IP3 or its affiliate; he had no stake in the company and was never compensated or refunded for expenses in IP3."
According to the report, Flynn still served as a lead to IP3 within the White House.
Just days after Trump's inauguration, Flynn sent a draft note to the President's signature, which would have designated Barrack as a "Special Representative" responsible for implementing the Nuclear Proposal and called on the Director of the CIA and State Secretaries, Energy, Treasury and Defense to support him. The report also cites former deputy lawyer K.T. McFarland says that Trump personally told Barrack that he could lead the implementation of the plan.
The report also catalogs the actions of Harvey, Flynn Confidential, who was in charge of the NSC's Middle East and North African affairs.
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According to the report, after the entrance to the White House in January 2017, Harvey saw his mission as having Trump adopt the nuclear proposal despite the objections of ethics and national security officials. 19659003] Although HR McMaster, who replaced Flynn as a national security advisor, and NSC lawyer John Eisenberg instructed that the work stopped on the proposal because of concerns about its legality, Harvey continued to pursue the proposal according to the report.
Harvey was fired from the NSC in July 2017. He then joined the GOP Rep. Devin Nunes in California, a Trump ally and the former hairman in the House Intelligence Committee.
Fox News "Cat Herine Herridge and The Associated Press contributed to this report.