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

07 December 2017

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.

According to The Wall Street Journal, he also discussed the nuclear plan with Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and a close friend of the president, Thomas Barrack.

These statements from Flynn to Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, reveal Flynn's attempt to "manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners", Democratic representative Elijah Cummings wrote in a letter Wednesday.

Copson reportedly told the whistleblower that he "just got this text message" from Flynn, saying that the project was "good to go" and directing Copson to contact business colleagues to "let them know to put things in place". He said Flynn did not cash the check, however. Given the seriousness of the charge and the person making it, if the committee isn't going to issue a subpoena, Robert Mueller nearly certainly will.

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

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Mr Cummings detailed the whistle-blower's account in a letter to House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, saying the witness came forward in June and that he has now been authorised to share his account publicly.

"I do not bring this whistle-blower to your attention lightly", Mr. Cummings said.

During the conversation, Mr. Copson told the whistle-blower that "this is the best day of my life" because it was "the start of something I've been working on for years, and we are good to go".

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.

Cummings did not name the whistleblower in the letter, but offered to have Gowdy speak with the person directly. The whistleblower saw that the time stamp of the message was 12:11 pm, but did not read the text.

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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.

The Wall Street Journal reported in September that while in the White House Flynn promoted a project that would involve building dozens of nuclear plants around the Middle East. Now Cummings wants to look into the matter.

The letter from Cummings concluded with a request to issue subpoenas for "all documents and communications referring or relating" to Flynn's foreign contacts during the Trump campaign, the transition period and his brief time as national security adviser.

The letter was written to the new Oversight Committee chair, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC.

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