During Trump inaugural, Flynn greenlighted nuclear project with Russian Federation

During Trump inaugural, Flynn greenlighted nuclear project with Russian Federation

During Trump inaugural, Flynn greenlighted nuclear project with Russian Federation

One of President Donald Trump's former aides texted an associate that USA sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up", a lawmaker says.

An unnamed colleague of the text message's recipient informed the top Democrat on the House of Representatives' oversight and government reform committee, Elijah Cummings, who published the claims in an open letter yesterday.

Cummings told Gowdy in his letter that he found the witness "authentic, credible and reliable".

The letter went on to say that "Mr. Copson explained that General Flynn was making sure that sanctions would be "ripped up" as one of his first orders of business and that this would allow money to start flowing into the project".

The Maryland Democrat said he considered "credible" the allegations that Flynn "sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners".

Cummings said that he practiced law for a long time and has interviewed hundreds of witnesses, and he does believe the whistleblower is "very credible". He didn't divulge the relationship until the third version of his financial disclosure report, required of White House employees, which he filed in August. The letter asks that the committee issue subpoenas for Flynn-related documents the committee requested on a bipartisan basis in March.

The whistle-blower contacted Cummings' office in June, and gave the congressman permission to share his account as part of the committee's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

He said Gowdy's handling of the matter sharply contrasts with the lengthy inquiry he led into allegations about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's role in the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, "that were debunked years ago".

Flynn said Russian Federation sanctions would be 'ripped up' - congressman
The congressman said he had heard about the alleged Flynn texts from an unnamed confidential informant. Flynn texted the former business associate to say that the project was "good to go".

A lawyer for Mr. Flynn declined to comment.

The whistle-blower told Mr Cummings that he was attending an inaugural event on Jan 20, where he met one of Flynn's key allies on this project, Mr Alex Copson, who is described as a managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, and was working with Flynn to promote the joint project with Russian Federation to build nuclear reactors in the Arab world.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson reportedly told the whistleblower. "I am going to celebrate today".

As the whistleblower chatted with Flynn's associate during an Inauguration Day celebration on January 20, Flynn sent texts saying the associate's nuclear proposal was "good to go", the whistleblower said. Copson told the whistleblower, according to the Cummings letter, that Flynn would ensure the sanctions were withdrawn.

Copson could not be reached for comment.

On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about conversations he had in December 2016 with the Russian ambassador to the United States about the sanctions, among other topics.

On December 29, the day the Obama administration imposed new sanctions and expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the USA in retaliation for Moscow's election meddling, Flynn called Kislyak and asked that Russia not escalate the situation, according to court documents.

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