Michael Flynn Vowed to End Russia Sanctions, According to Whistleblower

Michael Flynn Vowed to End Russia Sanctions, According to Whistleblower

As Donald Trump delivered his presidential inaugural address last January, his national security adviser Michael Flynn told a former business associate in text messages that a private plan to build nuclear reactors in the Mideast was "good to go" and that United States sanctions hobbling the plan would soon be "ripped up", a whistleblower told congressional investigators.

Quoting a confidential informant, Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote that Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, told the informant that Flynn would see that the sanctions on Moscow were "ripped up".

"Our committee has credible allegations that President Trump's national security adviser sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners", said Cummings.

The whistle-blower's account is detailed in a letter from Rep. These grave allegations compel a full, credible, and bipartisan congressional investigation, ' Cummings wrote.

But in his interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation last January, 24, according to the Justice Department documents, Flynn lied when he said he did not ask Kislyak "to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russian Federation".

The whistleblower told Democrats that the associate had been informed by Flynn that the project was "good to go" and that the sanctions would be "ripped up".

The message said the project was 'good to go.' It continued that Copson should contact colleagues to 'let them know to put things in place.' The whistleblower could not read the text of the message, but said the timestamp said 12:11 pm, meaning just minutes after Donald Trump assumed the presidency.

Prosecutors "asked my office to hold on the public release of this information until they completed certain investigative steps", Cummings wrote.

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Neither Copson nor an attorney for ACU responded to a request for comment.

According to the account, the unnamed whistleblower ran into Copson at a party in Washington, D.C. on inauguration day.

"This is the best day of my life", Copson told the whistleblower as he described the message from Flynn, Cummings said.

The White House aide was said to have been referring to plans by a consortium of US, Russian and French companies to build and operate 45 nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.

Two days after the election, Obama warned Trump not to hire Flynn, CNN reported. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyGowdy: FBI has had a "really bad last 18 months' Benghazi panel used 0K in taxpayer money to settle wrongful termination lawsuit Congressional investigators make first evidence requests in Russian Federation nuclear bribery case MORE (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee".

Gowdy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mr Flynn was a consultant to the firm for 14 months from 2015-16, according to amended financial disclosure forms he filed in August this year. Cummings said his office could not verify the whistleblower's story, and whether Copson was telling the whistleblower the truth, without subpoenaed documents.

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