Donald Trump does not believe that the law applies to him. After all, he has bent the rules, regulations, and yes the law to his will for his entire life. It has only become more apparent recently, because presidents of these United States live under a magnifying glass. Even now, POTUS may be trying to sell top secrets to the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
Trump and his son-in-law have worked behind closed doors with several countries: Russia, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea. Now, the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC), which is an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency, wants to know what the Trump administration has been up to in the Saudi Arabian capitol of Riyadh.
There have been claims of POTUS bypassing Congress and trying to covertly exchange nuclear technology with the Saudis. This special counsel will expose any White House decisions based solely upon politics or personal gain.
The OSC has the power to investigate whether Trump punished any of his people for exposing the under-the-table Saudi nuclear deal. If so, the OSC can take disciplinary and even corrective action against the administration. If the claims were accurate, this would be a potential violation of the Atomic Energy Act and without review by Congress, according to The Daily Beast:
‘Federal law stipulates that companies obtain clearance from the U.S. government for exporting nuclear technology to or engaging in the production or development of special nuclear material in the kingdom (of Saudi Arabia).’
The Saudis allegedly ordered the torture, strangling, and dismemberment of The Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump has considered the Post one of the top enemies of the people, and has not rebuked Riyadh. Instead, his administration has continued to seek secret deals with the Saudi leaders.
Chair of the Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings issued a report on the matter this past February. He wrote that Trump was hurrying to transfer highly sensitive nuclear technology to the Saudis. That would be a huge problem, because with that technology, the Saudis could build and sell nuclear bombs.
Upon hearing news of this Trump venture, Congress held hearings and grilled the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry
Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA) said:
‘One thing that is in our interest is to prevent Saudi Arabia from getting a nuclear weapon. What I’ve seen in this administration recently… is an effort to evade Congress and to some extent evade your department and provide substantial nuclear technology and aid to Saudi Arabia while [the country] refuses to abide by any of the controls we would like to see regarding reprocessing, enrichment.’
Cummings reported, according to The Daily Beast:
‘IP3—a firm that includes former top military officers, diplomats, and energy experts—had developed a proposal for Saudi Arabia that was simply “a scheme for these generals to make some money.” That report said former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had ties to the firm during his time working in the Trump administration.’
According to The Daily Beast’s sources, IP3’s goal has been to offer nuclear project security and through this, create Middle East competition with Russia and China.
Trump’s Department of Energy approved seven American companies’ nuclear work in Saudi Arabia.