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Top Dems say Flynn left Mideast trip off security clearance

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump accompanied by, from second from left, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, White House press secretary Sean Spicer and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump's national security adviser Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)


President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is facing new scrutiny over a June 2015 trip to the Middle East that he didn't report as part of his security clearance background check.

Two Democratic lawmakers say in a letter released Wednesday that business associates of Flynn confirmed he went on the trip. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Rep. Eliot Engel of New York also say documents they've gathered over the summer show Flynn also may have failed to disclose contacts he had with Israeli and Egyptian officials.

The trip was part of a private proposal to build nuclear power plants across the Middle East. Flynn has previously faced scrutiny over foreign contacts he didn't report to the government. Robert Kelner, an attorney for Flynn, declined comment.

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