Elijah Cummings Says White House Tried to Give Saudi Arabia Sensitive Nuclear Information Without Congressional Approval
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Tuesday released an interim staff report after multiple whistleblowers came forward to warn about efforts inside the White House to rush the transfer of highly sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of the Atomic Energy Act and without review by Congress as required by law -- efforts that may be ongoing to this day. The report warns that the efforts to transfer sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia may be accelerating after meetings last week at the White House and ahead of a planned visit to Saudi Arabia by Senior Advisor-on-All-the-Things Jared Kushner. “The whistleblowers who came forward have expressed significant concerns about the potential procedural and legal violations connected with rushing through a plan to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia,” the report reads. “They have warned of conflicts of interest among top White House advisers that could implicate federal criminal statutes. They have also warned about a working environment inside the White House marked by chaos, dysfunction, and backbiting. And they have warned about political appointees ignoring directives from top ethics advisors at the White House who repeatedly and unsuccessfully ordered senior Trump Administration officials to halt their efforts.” Cummings sent a letter to WH Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney with his concerns and demanding clarification on the issue, and also sent letters to multiple entities involved with promoting this plan, including the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, State, and Treasury; the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the CIA; Flynn Intel Group; IP3; ACU Strategies; Colony NorthStar; and Thomas Barrack, Donald Trump’s personal friend and the Chairman of his Inaugural Committee. Read the full report here.