The Trump administration’s efforts to fast track transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia enjoyed the assistance of a lobbying firm that represented Ukraine’s then pro-Russian government, TYT has found.
The firm, Prime Policy Group (PPG), represented Ukraine’s pro-Russia Party of Regions, the same political party that President Trump’s disgraced campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, spent nearly a decade consulting for. Manafort is now facing prison time over some of those dealings, due to the Special Counsel investigation.
Nor is this the only overlap between PPG and Manafort: Manafort is a former business partner of PPG’s chairman, Charlie Black. But PPG’s role in the Saudi quest for nuclear technology has not been reported until now, despite the attention PPG’s client drew thanks to a recent congressional report.
Last month, a House Oversight Committee report cited whistleblower concerns over President Trump’s attempts, as they saw it, to rush through approval of a plan to send nuclear-power technology to Saudi Arabia.
“Experts worry that transferring sensitive U.S. nuclear technology could allow Saudi Arabia to produce nuclear weapons that contribute to the proliferation of nuclear arms throughout an already unstable Middle East,” the report states.
The report details the nuclear technology company IP3 International’s efforts to win the right to export nuclear materials to Saudi Arabia. What the report didn’t say is that IP3 got help from PPG, run by Black, a former business partner of Manafort and Roger Stone.
IP3 paid PPG a total of $70,000 in 2018 to “explore partnerships with and sales to other countries and USG [US government] support for…nuclear power manufacturing,” according to lobbying disclosure records reviewed by TYT.