Flynn told a business associate Russian sanctions would be 'ripped up'

Flynn texted partners about nuclear plan during inauguration, whistleblower says

As President Donald Trump delivered his inaugural address, incoming-national security adviser Michael Flynn texted his former business colleague about a plan to join Russian Federation and build nuclear reactors in the Middle East: The project was "good to go", he told them, according to a summary of a whistleblower's account provided by a lawmaker.

"Our committee has credible evidence that President Trump's National Security Advisor sought to manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners", wrote Cummings. The memo was intended for Trump to sign, though there's no indication the President saw it, the Journal reported.

The witness did not specify which sanctions Flynn was referring to in his texts.

President Trump's personal White House lawyer, Ty Cobb, also declined to comment.

The episode indicates that Trump officials had planned to jettison sanctions that the Obama administration had imposed on Russian Federation.

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

On Wednesday Cummings sent the whistleblower's account to committee chairman Trey Gowdy with a request that he issue subpoenas to White House officials, including chief of staff John Kelly, as well as Flynn, Copson and their other business associates for material that would corroborate the whistleblower's statements.




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.

Mr. Flynn believed that ending the sanctions could allow a business project he had once participated in to move forward, according to the whistle-blower. "I have spoken to this whistleblower, and I find this person to be authentic, credible, and reliable", Cummings wrote.

That's the explosive, but unverified, allegation of a whistleblower cooperating with House Democrats probing the myriad scandals surrounding Flynn, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with a senior Russian diplomat.

"This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people", the associate, Alex Copson, told the whistleblower on inauguration day, according to the whistleblower's account to the Democrats. A document filed in Flynn's case mentioned his failure to comply with foreign lobbying disclosure laws related to his work for Turkey, but his charging document didn't mention that work. Prosecutors "asked my office to hold on the public release of this information until they completed certain investigative steps", Cummings wrote.

The Newsweek account prompted Cummings to launch an investigation of the arrangement. Before Gowdy was House Oversight chair, Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah led the committee. "They have now informed us that they have done so".

Gowdy has not responded to requests from ABC News for comment.

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