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07 December 2017, 02:27 | Myrtle Vega
Witness: Flynn texted associate that nuclear plant deal 'good to go' because Russia sanctions would be 'ripped up'
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.
The witness provided the account to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.), the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who detailed the allegations in a letter Wednesday to the panel's chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).
These statements from Flynn to Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, reveal Flynn's attempt to "manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners", Democratic representative Elijah Cummingswrote in a letter Wednesday.
Copson told the whistleblower, according to the Cummings letter, that Flynn would ensure the sanctions were withdrawn. "These grave allegations compel a full, credible, and bipartisan congressional investigation". According to a photo of the moment that the Democrats dug up, Flynn was standing only a few rows behind Trump and peering into his phone as the president spoke.
Michael Flynn reportedly told a business associate that the economic sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up".
Flynn had texted Copson with the same message - that the nuclear reaction project was "good to go" - from his place on the dais outside the Capitol 10 minutes into Trump's inaugural address, the whistleblower told Cummings.
Prosecutors "asked my office to hold on the public release of this information until they completed certain investigative steps", Cummings wrote.
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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.
According to Cummings, on January 20, 2017, the whistleblower had a conversation with Alex Copson, managing director of nuclear power promoter ACU Strategic Partners, as they attended Trump's inauguration.
Reached Wednesday, Flynn's attorney declined to comment.
"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson said, according to the whistleblower. He was ousted as national security advisor after only 24 days on the job.
Flynn's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment on the latest claims. And one of the companies involved in the project covered his travel expenses and wrote him a check for $25,000 for the trip, though it's not clear if Flynn cashed the check.
Cummings did not name the whistleblower in the letter, but offered to have Gowdy speak with the person directly. Cummings said his office could not verify the whistleblower's story, and whether Copson was telling the whistleblower the truth, without subpoenaed documents. Flynn, a retired US Army lieutenant general, pleaded guilty in federal court last week to one count of making false statements to the FBI and is now a cooperating witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible coordination between Trump's campaign and Russian intermediaries during the 2016 election.
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