Michael Flynn Vowed to End Russia Sanctions, According to Whistleblower

Jerome Frank
Декабря 7, 2017

President Trump's first national security advisor, Michael T. Flynn, texted a former business associate on Inauguration Day that Obama-era sanctions against Russia would be "ripped up" and that a lucrative proposal to build nuclear reactors with Russian partners in the Middle East was "good to go", a witness has told Congress.

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. The witness could not read the text, but he saw that the time stamp was 12:11 p.m., according Cummings's letter.

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 global interests, the whistleblower said. Copson is the managing director of ACU Strategic Partners, a Washington-based company that Flynn said he advised from April 2015 through June 2016, according to a financial disclosure he filed this August. Flynn's consulting firm, the Flynn Intel Group, had numerous clients exploring business ventures that would require some involvement from federal government agencies.

However, a sticking point was USA economic against Russian Federation, which was to supply the reactors for the proposed project.

The White House aide was said to have been referring to plans by a consortium of US, Russian and French companies to build and operate 45 nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries. The whistleblower alleged Copson showed off the text to those around him, calling it "the best day of my life".

Copson then told the whistleblower that Flynn "has been putting everything in place for us" and that the project would "make a lot of very wealthy people". "I couldn't be better".

House investigators turned over the information they had gathered to the Mueller team several weeks ago.

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Cummings wrote the letter Wednesday to Gowdy to seek support for a subpoena to the White House for records.

Two days after the election, Obama warned Trump not to hire Flynn, CNN reported.

It also raised fresh questions on what Trump knew about Flynn's business plans when he appointed the retired three- star general to serve as his national security advisor.

Gowdy has pressed back previously on the demands for records, saying he does not want to impede the Special Counsel investigation.

Neither Gowdy nor Flynn's attorney, Robert Kelner, responded immediately to a request for comment.

Flynn pleaded guilty to a charge in the criminal investigation into Russian collusion last week. He also lied when he said he did not recall a follow-up conversation with the ambassador, who said that "Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of Flynn's request".

Cummings did not identify the whistleblower. "I have spoken to this whistleblower, and I find this person to be authentic, credible, and reliable", Cummings wrote.

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