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Oversight Democrats press Mike Flynn for new documents on overseas work

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Democrats are concerned that former national security adviser Mike Flynn may have failed to accurately report information about work he did overseas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Top Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have asked former national security adviser Mike Flynn for documents about work he did overseas and asked whether he accurately reported it.

In this latest iteration, Democrats on the Committee led by ranking member Elijah Cummings are asking for documents from one of Flynn's companies for information related to a 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia and are basing some of their request on filings from Flynn but also on a recent report from Newsweek.

The Newsweek article cited "knowledgeable sources" who said Flynn flew to the Middle East in June of 2015 "to gauge attitudes in Cairo and Jerusalem toward a plan for a joint U.S.-Russian [and Saudi-financed] program to get control over the Arab world's rush to acquire nuclear power." The report also claims Flynn made the trip as a consultant to X-Co Dynamics Inc./IronBridge Group.

Cummings and others say they should have documentation on this, but don't.

"Most troubling of all, we have no record of General Flynn identifying on his security clearance renewal application — or during his interview with security clearance investigators — even a single foreign government official he had contact with in the seven years prior to submitting his security clearance application," they said in a Monday news release.

Shortly after Flynn's 2015 trip, Saudi Arabia announced a cooperative deal with Russia to begin new nuclear energy developments.

Flynn did report a trip to Saudi Arabia in October of 2015, but the House Oversight Democrats are also saying he may have omitted information about the trip.

The former Army general isn't the only person in the Trump administration who is accused of having left information off security clearance forms. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly failed to list meetings he had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, and Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner appears to have left off meetings with Russian government officials and business people from his security clearance forms as well.

Flynn's attorney, Robert Kelner, declined to comment on the new letter.