Flynn Said Russian Sanctions Would be 'Ripped Up,' Whistle-Blower Says

Flynn Said Russian Sanctions Would be 'Ripped Up,' Whistle-Blower Says

Flynn Said Russian Sanctions Would be 'Ripped Up,' Whistle-Blower Says

As President Trump delivered his inaugural address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, his new national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, sent a text to a former business associate telling him that a plan to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East in partnership with Russian interests was "good to go", according to a witness who spoke with congressional investigators.

The allegation - which suggests the Trump administration was eager to lift sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama and that Flynn may have blurred his public and private roles during his brief run at the White House - was outlined in a letter Cummings sent to Rep.

The project in question - promoted by a group of former senior USA military officers, and often described as a "Marshall Plan" of sorts - would involve United States companies working with Russian companies to build and operate nuclear plants in the Middle East, and export spent fuel from those plants.

Cummings detailed the whistleblower's allegations in a letter to committee chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and urged Gowdy to authorize subpoenas to Flynn and his business associates to learn more about his efforts.

"Our Committee has credible allegations 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", Cummings wrote.

The unnamed whistleblower said that on Inauguration Day he met with Alex Copson, who had worked with Flynn on the plan.

Cummings did not name the whistleblower in the letter, but offered to have Gowdy speak with the person directly.

The letter says Flynn blamed Obama for having 'f***** everything up in my nuclear deal with the sanctions'.

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"This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people", Mr. Copson said.

An attorney for Flynn did not respond to a request for comment from CNBC.

Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his discussions with the Russian ambassador about sanctions during the transition. Mr Copson was described by the whistle-blower as responding, "I couldn't be better", and that he was "going to celebrate today".

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".

It gave Flynn a potential monetary incentive to get sanctions imposed on Russian Federation during the Obama administration lifted immediately.

The ACU plan involved some two dozen nuclear power plants around the Middle East, to be developed jointly by the United States and Russian Federation.

Now, Mr Cummings wrote, he and his colleagues have been authorised to to go public with the information. The whistleblower saw that the time stamp of the message was 12:11 pm, but did not read the text.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson told the whistleblower. Cummings and committee Democrats have complained that Gowdy has stiff-armed the Flynn investigation since he took over the committee in June by consistently refusing to issue subpoenas to the White House and various administration officials, Flynn's consulting firm and his business colleagues related to the matter.

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