Trump aide Flynn planned to 'rip up' Russian Federation sanctions
07 December, 2017, 01:55 | Author: Brenda Erickson
Former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn was texting with a private business associate even as Donald Trump delivered his inauguration address, a whistleblower says.
The account is from a whistleblower made public for the first time today. The witness could not read the text, but he saw that the time stamp was 12:11 p.m., according Cummings's letter.
Flynn attempted to "manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his business partners", and assured a business partner the United States would relax sanctions once he worked in Trump's White House, Cummings wrote to House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina.
"I believe the American people want Congress to hold President Trump and his administration accountable", Cummings wrote, "and they are exhausted of Republicans in Congress putting their heads in the sand when faced with credible allegations of grave abuses".
The new account offers a window into the range of allegations being shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as agents prepared to negotiate a cooperation agreement with Flynn. Flynn had been a paid consultant for the business venture before he joined the Trump campaign previous year.
However, a sticking point was USA economic against Russian Federation, which was to supply the reactors for the proposed project. The Wall Street Journal reported in September that despite records showing Flynn's work on the project ended in December 2016, Flynn continued promoting the plan to colleagues inside the White House.
"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", the whistleblower claims Copson said.
The whistleblower, who provided his account to Cummings in June, said he was with Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, a key Flynn ally on the nuclear project, on January 20, Inauguration Day.
According to a letter by Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Copson then showed the whistleblower his phone, which contained a message from Flynn.
House investigators turned over the information they had gathered to the Mueller team several weeks ago.
With the clearance of Mueller's office, Cummings writes that he's now making the whistleblower's story public.
Cummings added: "They have now informed us that they have done so".
Cummings wrote the letter Wednesday to Gowdy to seek support for a subpoena to the White House for records. He was ousted as national security advisor after only 24 days on the job.
Flynn was involved in the Middle Eastern nuclear project from spring 2015 to the end of 2016, according to recent financial disclosure filings, a period that overlapped with his role as a prominent adviser to Trump's campaign and transition.
Gowdy has pressed back previously on the demands for records, saying he does not want to impede the Special Counsel investigation.
Flynn's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Media captionAfter Flynn's guilty plea, what next for the Russian Federation investigation?
The congressman said he had heard about the alleged Flynn texts from an unnamed confidential informant.
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