Trump aide Flynn planned to 'rip up' Russian Federation sanctions: Whistleblower

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Michael Flynn sent a text to a business partner as President Donald Trump was delivering his inaugural address last January that a joint plan between Russian Federation and Flynn's business allies to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East was "good to go".

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Cummings said he had spoken to the witness and called the account a "credible" allegation that Flynn "sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners".

"I believe the American people want Congress to hold President Trump and his administration accountable", Cummings wrote, "and they are exhausted of Republicans in Congress putting their heads in the sand when faced with credible allegations of grave abuses". The texts were timestamped as being sent just as President Trump was delivering his Inaugural Address, the whistleblower said.

The whistleblower came forward this summer and spoke to the committee about attending an inauguration party and meeting Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners. Cummings wrote that an "authentic, credible, and reliable" source had brought him information regarding the retired Army lieutenant general. The letter asks that the committee issue subpoenas for Flynn-related documents the committee requested on a bipartisan basis in March.

He added, "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people".

An attorney for Flynn did not respond to a request for comment from CNBC.

The letter went on to say that "Mr. Copson explained that General Flynn was making sure that sanctions would be "ripped up" as one of his first orders of business and that this would allow money to start flowing into the project".

On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about conversations he had in December 2016 with the Russian ambassador to the United States about the sanctions, among other topics. Mr Copson was described by the whistle-blower as responding, "I couldn't be better", and that he was "going to celebrate today".

Now, Mr Cummings wrote, he and his colleagues have been authorised to to go public with the information. But it's not. Cummings provided hard evidence that he wants to form the basis of a subpoena created to uproot what really happened. Copson was working at the time with Flynn on a project to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East, and Flynn reported in August that he served as an "advisor" to Copson's company between 2015-2016.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", the whistleblower claims Copson said. The whistleblower saw that the time stamp of the message was 12:11 pm, but did not read the text.

Flynn though told Copson that sanctions would be dropped, and he reportedly began circulating the plan to top White House officials within days of the inauguration.

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