Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pushed a controversial nuclear plant project in the Middle East during his brief White House tenure, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The plan, which once involved Russian companies, proposed the construction and operation of "dozens of nuclear plants in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East."
Flynn had advised U.S. companies interested in the project while he was still in the private sector, but according to his White House disclosure forms, he cut off involvement in December 2016. In actuality, Flynn continued his work on the project, advocating for former senior U.S. military officers who were promoting the project on behalf of U.S. companies, and pushing his staff to meet with the companies involved in the project, the Journal reported.
Flynn's involvement with the nuclear project reportedly continued even when he was advised to step back. Former National Security Council staffers said that Flynn and the former military officers' communications happened "outside normal channels." One staffer told the Journal that Flynn's actions were "highly abnormal" and "not the way things were supposed to go."
The report comes on the heels of the revelation that Flynn failed to note in his security clearance forms his trip to the Middle East to explore this nuclear power project and his contacts with Israeli and Egyptian government officials.
Flynn resigned from the Trump administration in February after it emerged that he'd misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversation with a Russian ambassador.
Read more at The Wall Street Journal.