Flynn said Russian Federation sanctions would be 'ripped up' - congressman

Flynn said Russian Federation sanctions would be 'ripped up' - congressman

Flynn said Russian Federation sanctions would be 'ripped up' - congressman

Trump's former national security adviser told a business associate that US sanctions imposed on Russian Federation would be "ripped up" by the new administration, according to a whistleblower account made public Wednesday in a letter written by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings.

In his letter, he asked Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to subpoena the White House for "all documents - including emails and text messages sent on personal devices" related to Flynn's foreign contacts.

'Our committee has credible allegations that President Trump's National Security Advisor sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners, ' wrote Cummings, Politico reported in a story on the letter.

Copson told the whistleblower, according to the Cummings letter, that Flynn would ensure the sanctions were withdrawn.

"I believe the American people want Congress to hold President Trump and his administration accountable", Cummings wrote, "and they are exhausted of Republicans in Congress putting their heads in the sand when faced with credible allegations of grave abuses".

But in his interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation last January, 24, according to the Justice Department documents, Flynn lied when he said he did not ask Kislyak "to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russian Federation". On Inauguration Day, according to the whistle-blower, Mr. Flynn texted the former business associate to say that the project was "good to go".

ACU Strategic Partners paid for Flynn to travel to Israel and Egypt in 2015 to promote the nuclear project, paying him a fee of $25,000, according to a letter Copson sent the committee.

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"This is the best day of my life", Copson told the whistleblower as he described the message from Flynn, Cummings said.

The Wall Street Journal's previous reporting said Flynn had facilitated a draft memo with the National Security Council staff that would support the project. "I am going to celebrate today", and added, according to the whistleblower: "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people". He and Cummings jointly exposed details that Flynn had lied on his security clearance forms earlier this year, though Chaffetz later backed off the inquiry despite the Democratic demands.

Flynn's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He was ousted as national security advisor after only 24 days on the job.

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

Cummings said the whistleblower, whom he did not identify in the letter, "fears retaliation", but would speak with Gowdy if he agrees to protect the whistleblower's identity. Cummings said his office could not verify the whistleblower's story, and whether Copson was telling the whistleblower the truth, without subpoenaed documents.

On December 1, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras announced that Flynn had reached a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller to cooperate in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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