Michael Flynn Vowed to End Russia Sanctions, According to Whistleblower
Michael Flynn Vowed to End Russia Sanctions, According to Whistleblower
Flynn told a business associate Russian sanctions would be 'ripped up' - report
07 December, 2017, 12:22
Within minutes of Trump's inauguration in January, Flynn informed his former associate that the plan to work with Russian Federation to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East was "good to go", because Flynn was ensuring the sanctions would be "ripped up" as one of Trump's first orders of business.
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.
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn told a former business associate "within minutes" of President Donald Trump being sworn in on Inauguration Day that economic sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up" once Trump gets into office, according to a whistleblower.
Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Wednesday the whistleblower's allegations raise concerns that Flynn improperly aided the nuclear project after joining the White House as one of Trump's top national-security officials. These grave allegations compel a full, credible, and bipartisan congressional investigation, ' Cummings wrote. The whistleblower said during a conversation, Copson described his messages with Flynn and briefly flashed one of the texts, which appeared to have been sent 10 minutes after Trump began speaking.
Minutes after Trump had been sworn in, Copson told the whistleblower that he had received a text message from Flynn saying that they were "good to go" and to contact his other partners to "let them know to put things in place". "This is going to make a lot of wealthy people".
Flynn's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment on the latest claims.
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".
As the president spoke, Flynn reportedly texted Copson that the nuclear project was "good to go", the witness said Copson told him.
Now, Mr Cummings wrote, he and his colleagues have been authorised to to go public with the information.
"I do not bring this whistleblower to your attention lightly", Cummings, the Baltimore lawmaker and top Democrat on the committee wrote in the letter. The witness could not read the text, but he saw that the time stamp was 12:11 p.m., according Cummings's letter.
According to the whistleblower account, Copson said Flynn was making sure sanctions would be 'ripped up, ' which would allow money to start flowing to the project.
Mr. Cummings said Mr. Gowdy should subpoena the White House and the Flynn Intelligence Group, Mr. Flynn's former company, for documents that the House committee had requested in March but had not yet been provided.
According to the whistleblower, Copson said, "Mike has been putting everything in place for us". Now Cummings wants to look into the matter.
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