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Whistleblower To Dems: Flynn Promised Biz Associate He'd Gut Russia Sanctions

Whistleblower To Dems: Flynn Promised Biz Associate He'd Gut Russia Sanctions

Former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn texted a businessman during President Donald Trump's inauguration speech that a Middle East nuclear power plant scheme with Russian partners was "good to go", a Democratic lawmaker alleged Wednesday.

In June, the whistleblower first contacted Cummings and gave the congressman permission to share the account as part of the ongoing investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Flynn also informed the associate that his business partners could move forward with their project, which aimed to construct a network of nuclear reactors across the Mideast with support from Russian and other worldwide interests, the whistleblower said. Cummings described the account in a letter Wednesday to the panel's Republican chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC.

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.

Flynn had served as an adviser to two Washington-based companies pursuing efforts to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East: Copson's company, ACU Strategic Partners, which proposed a partnership with Russian interests, and IP3/IronBridge, which later began a separate endeavor that initially proposed working with China to build the infrastructure, according to federal documents and company officials.

Cummings did not name the whistleblower in the letter, but offered to have Gowdy speak with the person directly. He said Flynn did not cash the check, however. "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people".

Gowdy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Mr Cummings's letter goes on to relate that during the conversation, Mr Copson told the whistle-blower that he "just got a text message" from Flynn that the project was "good to go" and to contact their business colleagues to "let them know to put things in place".

Now, Mr Cummings wrote, he and his colleagues have been authorised to to go public with the information. But the whistleblower says he or she could not read the actual message.

Cummings said that the whistleblower's allegations raise concerns that Flynn improperly aided the nuclear project after joining the White House as one of Trump's top security officials.

According to the whistleblower, Copson said, "Mike has been putting everything in place for us".

"Mr. Copson explained that Gen. Flynn was making sure the sanctions would be ripped up as one of his first orders of business and this would allow money to start flowing into the project", Cummings said, quoting the witness.

As part of his plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, Flynn agreed to be a cooperative witness in exchange for avoiding prosecution on other charges that might be related to his involvement with Russian Federation during the campaign, the presidential transition and his brief stint as national security adviser.


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