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Intel: How Trump administration is using loophole to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia

Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA) questions Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen as she delivers the semi-annual testimony on the "Federal Reserve's Supervision and Regulation of the Financial System" before the House Financial Services Committee in Washington, U.S., September 28, 2016.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - D1BEUDXPKMAA

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came under fire while testifying on Capitol Hill today over the Donald Trump administration’s transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The Energy Department, lawmakers revealed, has issued at least six authorizations for Saudi Arabia under Section 810 of the Atomic Energy Act, which allows US companies to provide nuclear technology or technical assistance to foreign countries.

The Energy Department has refused to disclose to lawmakers which companies have received the authorizations and what technology they may have transferred to Riyadh. In an email to Congress seen by Al-Monitor, an Energy Department official noted that each company has requested that the Trump administration not publicly release the documentation.

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