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Whistleblower alleges Flynn texted about Russian Federation nuclear deal during inauguration, congressman says

06 December 2017

According to The New York Times, House Oversight Committee ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings wrote to committee chair Trey Gowdy that "within minutes of Donald Trump being sworn in as President", Flynn was "communicating directly with his former business colleagues about their plan to work with Russian Federation to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East".

The account is from a whistleblower made public for the first time today.

Copson said Flynn, who briefly served as Trump's national security advisor, had promised to end sanctions on Russian Federation that had been imposed by former President Obama in retaliation for the country's interference in last year's election, the whistleblower said.

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Incoming national security adviser Michael T. Flynn arrives at the U.S. Capitol for President Trump's inauguration.

In the letter, Mr. Cummings appeared to try to anticipate an argument that Mr. Gowdy might make - that he can not investigate the whistle-blower's claims as long as Mr. Flynn was still under investigation by Mr. Mueller's team. But he asked Gowdy to issue a subpoena to the White House for documents related to Flynn, saying that the committee has "credible allegations" that Flynn "sought to manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners".

Attorneys for Flynn and Copson did not immediately return email and phone requests for comment.

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"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson told the whistleblower. The whistleblower, whose identity was not revealed in Cummings' letter, said during a conversation, Copson described his messages with Flynn and briefly flashed one of the texts, which appeared to have been sent 10 minutes after Trump began speaking.

"Our committee has credible allegations that President Trump's national security adviser sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners", Cummings said.

The account is the strongest evidence yet that Team Trump wanted to end the sanctions immediately, and suggests that Flynn had a possible economic incentive for the USA to establish a closer relationship with Russian Federation. He added, "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people".

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Copson had promoted a succession of nuclear projects created to include Russian participation dating back to the 1990s. Once Flynn started at the White House, federal regulations prohibited him from working on any matter he served as a "consultant" on during the previous year, according to the Office of Government Ethics. 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. That consortium, X-Co Dynamics Inc. and Iron Bridge Group, initially worked with ACU but later pushed a separate nuclear proposal for the Mideast.

Whistleblower alleges Flynn texted about Russian Federation nuclear deal during inauguration, congressman says