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Michael Flynn Vowed to End Russia Sanctions, According to Whistleblower

Michael Flynn Vowed to End Russia Sanctions, According to Whistleblower

Donald Trump was just 11 minutes into his presidency when his choice for national security adviser, Michael Flynn, texted a former business partner to say an ambitious US collaboration with Russian Federation to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East was "good to go", according to a new whistleblower account.

Cummings said the whistleblower, whom he did not identify in the letter, "fears retaliation", but would speak with Gowdy if he agrees to protect the whistleblower's identity. Copson was working with Flynn to promote a joint project with Russian Federation to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East.

March, and to get hold of communications that Flynn may have had with companies where he'd worked before. "But the exceptionally troubling allegations in this case - combined with ongoing obstruction from the White House and others - have made this step necessary". "In other words, they have not been helpful at all".

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

The whistleblower said that Copson quickly displayed what he claimed to be a text message from Flynn that appeared to have been sent during Trump's inauguration speech.

Flynn, who pleaded guilty last week to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was communicating with former business associates "within minutes" of Trump's inauguration, according to the letter - reassuring them Russian investments would soon be available as the Trump administration lifted sanctions. Mr Copson was described by the whistle-blower as responding, "I couldn't be better", and that he was "going to celebrate today".

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According to the whistleblower, Copson said, "Mike has been putting everything in place for us".

According to the whistleblower, Copson bragged to the whistleblower on Inauguration Day 2017 that Flynn had told Copson that the Russian Federation sanctions that had been an obstacle to the project pushed by the company will be "ripped up".

In Flynn's agreement last week to plead guilty to one count of making false statements, prosecutors said that Flynn lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his discussions on sanctions against Russia with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition.

He added, "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people".

Cummings' five-page letter to Gowdy calls for a slew of new subpoeanas and castigates the committee chairman for his "refusal to investigate". Flynn served as an advisor to the group between April 2015 and June 2016, according to his government disclosures, while it was advocating the nuclear reactor plan. Copson told the whistleblower, according to the Cummings letter, that Flynn would ensure the sanctions were withdrawn.

In return, the incoming White House would review the Obama sanctions, Flynn told him, according to the court documents filed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office. 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.


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