Whistleblower: Michael Flynn Said That Russian Sanctions Would Be "Ripped Up"

Michael Flynn

But he asked Gowdy to issue a subpoena to the White House for documents related to Flynn, saying that the committee has "credible allegations" that Flynn "sought to manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners".

Attorneys for Flynn and Copson did not immediately return email and phone requests for comment.

On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian Federation.

In his letter, Mr. Cummings also said that his staff had been in consultations with Mr. Mueller's team, which brought the criminal charge against Mr. Flynn.

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.

The project in question - promoted by a group of former senior USA military officers, and often described as a "Marshall Plan" of sorts - would involve United States companies working with Russian companies to build and operate nuclear plants in the Middle East, and export spent fuel from those plants.

The claims are detailed in a letter by Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on the House oversight committee.

The account is from a whistleblower made public for the first time today.

The letter said that if this witness account is accurate, Mr Trump's national security adviser "was trying to manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners".

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Earlier this year, various plans to lift the Russian Federation sanctions circulated through the Trump administration, but Mr. Trump ultimately decided not to repeal the measures.

"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".

Cummings wrote that Mueller's office had asked him to hold back the information until "they completed certain investigative steps" - which apparently have now been concluded.

The company did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

He also said he finds the whistle-blower to be "authentic, credible and reliable", and someone who has come forward even though he fears retaliation because "he feels duty bound as a citizen to make this disclosure".

Now, Mr Cummings wrote, he and his colleagues have been authorised to to go public with the information. The witness could not read the text, but he saw that the time stamp was 12:11 p.m., according Cummings's letter.

Flynn didn't reveal his relationship with ACU Strategic Partners until August after leaving it off previous government forms. Given the seriousness of the charge and the person making it, if the committee isn't going to issue a subpoena, Robert Mueller nearly certainly will.

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".

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