Flynn told a business associate Russian sanctions would be 'ripped up'
Flynn told a business associate Russian sanctions would be 'ripped up'
Whistleblower: Flynn told ex-partner Russia sanctions would be ripped up
07 December, 2017, 02:28
On President Donald Trump's Inauguration Day, a former business parter of incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn allegedly bragged that Flynn told him Trump would quickly lift U.S. sanctions on Russia - a move that would pave the way for a controversial plan to build nuclear plants across the Middle East, with Russian help.
Representative Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, recounted the whistleblower's allegations as part of a push to have Flynn and others testify to his committee.
'Our committee has credible allegations that President Trump's National Security Advisor sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners, ' wrote Cummings, Politico reported in a story on the letter.
In the letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy, the panel's GOP chairman, Cummings demanded that Gowdy subpoena documents on the nuclear power plan from the White House, Flynn, Copson, their partners and associates, Reuters reported. He called for a bipartisan investigation. Congress later passed a bipartisan measure that placed new sanctions on Russian Federation, a bill that Trump reluctantly signed in August.
"Mr. Copson explained that Gen. Flynn was making sure the sanctions would be ripped up as one of his first orders of business and this would allow money to start flowing into the project", Cummings said, quoting the witness.
The whistleblower has told Democrats on the House Government Oversight committee that 11 minutes into Trump's address, the business associate, Alex Copson, received a text from Flynn about a Middle East nuclear power project involving Russian-state interests that they had worked on together.
Prosecutors "asked my office to hold on the public release of this information until they completed certain investigative steps", Cummings wrote. Copson is the managing director of ACU Strategic Partners, a Washington-based company that Flynn said he advised from April 2015 through June 2016, according to a financial disclosure he filed this August.
Reached Wednesday, Flynn's attorney declined to comment.
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The allegations posed new troubles for Flynn, who left the White House last February after barely three weeks and pleaded guilty last week to lying to FBI investigators in the Russian Federation election meddling probe.
"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson told the whistleblower.
But reports over the last few months have suggested that Flynn continued to promote the project after the election, and even after he had been sworn in as national security adviser.
Gowdy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The congressman said he had heard about the alleged Flynn texts from an unnamed confidential informant. 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".
Cummings told Gowdy in his letter that he found the witness "authentic, credible and reliable".
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