Flynn said Russian Federation sanctions would be 'ripped up' - congressman

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As President Donald Trump delivered his inaugural address, incoming-national security adviser Michael Flynn texted his former business colleague about a plan to join Russian Federation and build nuclear reactors in the Middle East: The project was "good to go", he told them, according to a summary of a whistleblower's account provided by a lawmaker.

Democrats revealed the whistleblower's account in a letter sent by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to House Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy (R-SC), which was released just as the New York Times published its own report on the claims.

"Our committee has credible evidence that President Trump's National Security Advisor sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners", wrote Cummings.

Alex Copson, the managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, received texts from Flynn during Trump's inauguration January 20 saying the deal was "good to go", according to Cummings.

"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".

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

After getting the texts, Copson said, "Mike has been putting everything in place for us", and, "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people", Cummings said, quoting the witness.

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. Copson was working at the time with Flynn on a project to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East, and Flynn reported in August that he served as an "advisor" to Copson's company between 2015-2016.

Cummings also said the whistleblower quoted a business associate of Flynn as saying the economic sanctions against Russian Federation imposed by former President Barack Obama would be "ripped up" as Flynn's first order of business as Trump's national security adviser.

On December 1, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras announced that Flynn had reached a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller to cooperate in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

As the president spoke, Flynn reportedly texted Copson that the nuclear project was "good to go", the witness said Copson told him.

The Wall Street Journal's previous reporting said Flynn had facilitated a draft memo with the National Security Council staff that would support the project.

With the clearance of Mueller's office, Cummings writes that he's now making the whistleblower's story public.

Flynn pleaded guilty to a charge in the criminal investigation into Russian collusion last week.

The congressman said he had heard about the alleged Flynn texts from an unnamed confidential informant. "I have spoken to this whistleblower, and I find this person to be authentic, credible, and reliable", Cummings wrote.

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