The Trump-Russia probe has become a family affair for the Flynns— and it’s getting more intense.
The son of former national security adviser Michael Flynn has become a subject of the investigation into the Trump campaign’s suspected Russia ties, according to a report on Wednesday.
That means the father and son are now both wrapped up in the epic criminal inquiry. Meanwhile, another report on Wednesday revealed the senior Flynn was secretly working on a nuclear power plant project in the Middle East during his brief White House tenure.
His son, Michael G. Flynn, was pulled into the Russia probe in part because of his work for his father’s international lobbying firm, NBC News reported. It’s unclear how long the son has been watched by federal investigators.
His father, who left a White House job after 24 days because of undisclosed Russian contacts, has been a focus of the investigation due to his lobbying work for foreign governments.
Lt. Gen Michael Flynn and his son Michael G. Flynn, second from left, are seen at Trump Tower in December.
Yet another potential conflict of interest emerged Wednesday when the Wall Street Journal reported Flynn, a retired general, promoted a plan while in the White House to build a massive nuclear power plant chain across the Middle East.
Flynn kept in touch with former senior U.S. military officers working on a private-sector plan to build dozens of nuclear plants in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East, according to the report. The project would have cost hundreds of billions of dollars.
Flynn said in his White House disclosure forms that he stopped working on the project in December 2016, but he kept at it while working in the Trump administration. Several officers involved in the plan later helped the Trump administration plan the President’s trip to Saudi Arabia in May.
There are now at least two father-son duos sharing scrutiny in the investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
President Trump is not personally under investigation, but the probe is centered on his campaign’s suspected collusion with Russia’s campaign cyber attacks. Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., fell into the inquiry after reports revealed his role in a secret Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer who said she had dirt on Hillary Clinton.
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Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was also at that meeting, and is also being investigated.
Several congressional committees have been running parallel probe into the Trump campaign, as well as the circumstances surrounding the unexpected firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was originally leading the criminal investigation.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller (r.).
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation has been stalled by the U.S. Justice Department blocking two top FBI officials who could speak about Comey’s ouster, according to CNN.
The Senate panel has been trying to get the two FBI officials, Carl Ghattas and James Rybicki, to sit for transcribed interviews about Comey’s firing. But the Justice Department has refused to make either man available, citing a “long-standing policy regarding the confidentiality and sensitivity of information relating to pending matters.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump has not spoken with Flynn recently.