Dems: Flynn did not disclose Middle East trip

U.S. Representative Eliot Engel speaks during a pro Israel rally organised by local Jewish communities in front of New York City hall in New York

U.S. Representative Eliot Engel speaks during a pro Israel rally organised by local Jewish communities in front of New York City hall in New York

House Democrats have sent special counsel Robert Mueller - the leader of the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation - what they say is evidence that President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn violated the law.

Flynn's former colleagues originally made the disclosures in response to a letter from House Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Elliot Engel (D-N.Y.) sent in June. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Eliot Engel of NY - sent a letter to the business partners of the retired Army general and copied Mueller, who is looking into Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election and whether Trump campaign officials cooperated, CNN reported on Wednesday.

The Democrats say that Flynn could face prison for refusing to disclose the trip and his foreign contacts on his security clearance renewal application. The companies in turned provided House Democrats with statements confirming Flynn's 2015 Middle East venture, the goal of which was to secure a deal worth $100 billion with Saudi Arabia and Russia's nuclear power agency.

The trip was meant to explore a business deal between the Saudi government and a Russian agency regarding nuclear power.

"We now request all communications that you and other officials at your companies had with General Flynn or other Trump Administration officials during the presidential campaign, during the transition, during General Flynn's tenure as National Security Advisor, or after General Flynn's departure from the White House".

However, just as Flynn reportedly refused to comply with a subpoena to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, the former national security advisor and his lawyers refused to respond to Cummings and Engel's letter.