Whistleblower To Dems: Flynn Promised Biz Associate He'd Gut Russia Sanctions

Image Michael Flynn appears to look at his phone during President Trump's inauguration ceremony

A whistleblower has told House Democrats that during President Donald Trump's inauguration speech, national security adviser Michael Flynn texted a former business associate to say a private nuclear reactor plan Flynn had lobbied for would also have his support in the White House.

The New York Times was first to report the letter on Wednesday, claiming it represents "the strongest evidence to date that the Trump administration wanted to end the sanctions immediately, and suggests that Mr. Flynn had a possible economic incentive for the United States to forge a closer relationship with Russian Federation". According to the whistleblower, Flynn also informed the associate that his business partners could move forward with their project, which aimed to construct a network of nuclear reactors across the Mideast with support from Russian and other worldwide interests.

The revelation came from Rep Elijah Cummings and came via a whistleblower.

"I believe the American people want Congress to hold President Trump and his Administration accountable, and they are exhausted of Republicans in Congress putting their heads in the sand when faced with credible allegations of grave abuses while at the same time conducting investigations of allegations against Secretary Clinton that were debunked years ago", Cummings wrote. Mr. Copson told the whistle-blower that Mr. Flynn had sent him a text message during Mr. Trump's inaugural address, directing him to tell others involved in the nuclear project to continue developing their plans.

He then allegedly told the whistleblower that Flynn assured him economic sanctions placed on Russia by then-President Barack Obama ― in retaliation for Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election ― would be "ripped up".

Cummings said the whistleblower contacted his office in June 2017 to describe events that occurred at an event in Washington, DC, on Inauguration Day. A Gowdy spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.

Copson is the managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson said, according to the witness, adding: "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people".

Flynn, who served only 24 days as Trump's national security adviser, pleaded guilty last week to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents working for the special counsel Robert Mueller about his contacts with a senior Russian diplomat. The letter asks that the committee issue subpoenas for Flynn-related documents the committee requested on a bipartisan basis in March. Mr. Cummings said that Mr. Gowdy should subpoena Mr. Flynn, Mr. Copson and four others to testify before the panel. Flynn served as an advisor to the group between April 2015 and June 2016, according to his government disclosures, while it was advocating the nuclear reactor plan. "I have spoken to this whistleblower, and I find this person to be authentic, credible, and reliable", Cummings wrote.



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