Michael Flynn Promised Ex-Partner That Russia Sanctions Would Be 'Ripped Up'

Dec 07, 2017, 01:58
Michael Flynn Promised Ex-Partner That Russia Sanctions Would Be 'Ripped Up'

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 U.S. sanctions hobbling the plan would soon be "ripped up", a whistleblower told congressional investigators.

President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn told a former business associate that sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up" early in the new presidency, according to a whistle-blower's account made public on Wednesday.

Flynn attempted to "manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his business partners", and assured a business partner the U.S. would relax sanctions once he worked in Trump's White House, Cummings wrote to House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina.

"These grave allegations compel a full, credible and bipartisan congressional investigation", Cummings wrote, according to the New York Times.

Attorneys for Flynn and Copson did not immediately return email and phone requests for comment. "This is going to make for a lot of very wealthy people", Cummings's letter quotes him as saying.

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.

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Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general and former high-ranking intelligence officer, pleaded guilty last week to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his discussions with the then-Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, about the sanctions that day after they were imposed.

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn told a former business associate "within minutes" of President Donald Trump being sworn in on Inauguration Day that economic sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up" once Trump gets into office, according to a whistleblower.

The business colleague who texted with Flynn later recounted that he also suggested sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up" as one of the administration's first acts, according to the whistleblower.

The company did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson told the whistleblower.

The congressman said he had heard about the alleged Flynn texts from an unnamed confidential informant.

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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.

Cummings did not identify the witness, whom he described as a whistleblower.

Cummings told Gowdy in his letter that he found the witness "authentic, credible and reliable".

With the clearance of Mueller's office, Cummings writes that he's now making the whistleblower's story public.

Flynn was involved in the Middle Eastern nuclear project from spring 2015 to the end of 2016, according to recent financial disclosure filings, a period that overlapped with his role as a prominent adviser to Trump's campaign and transition.

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