Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Michael Flynn Promised Ex-Partner That Russia Sanctions Would Be 'Ripped Up'

Michael Flynn Promised Ex-Partner That Russia Sanctions Would Be 'Ripped Up'

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn promised a business associate before the inauguration of Mr Donald Trump that U.S. sanctions with Russian Federation would be "ripped up" by the incoming administration, according to a witness account described by House Democrats.

Cummings asked Gowdy to meet with the whistleblower and to subpoena White House officials and figures connected to the project, a proposal to build nuclear power plans across the Middle East.

The whistleblower also says that Flynn assured Copson that USA sanctions on Russian Federation that could block the nuclear project would be "ripped up" once Trump was inside the White House.

The congressman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, outlined the whistleblower's allegations in a letter to House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Trey Gowdy earlier this week.

The whistle-blower, Mr. Cummings said, is willing to meet with Mr. Gowdy if he agrees to protect the person's identity.

According to the whistleblower account, Copson said the inauguration was "the best day of my life" owing to progress on the nuclear deal, which was now 'going to make a lot of very wealthy people. If this is true, then we have a crystal-clear example of a high-level Trump administration official easing sanctions on Russian Federation in order to enrich himself.

A lawyer for Mr Flynn, who was sacked after only 24 days as Mr Trump's national security adviser, declined to comment.

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"I do not bring this whistle-blower to your attention lightly", Mr. Cummings said.

"These grave allegations compel a full, credible and bipartisan congressional investigation", Cummings wrote, according to the New York Times.

Gowdy also recommended that Cummings present the claims to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, despite Cummings' indications in his letter Wednesday that his staff had been in touch with Mueller's team and had been given the green light to move forward.

As the whistleblower chatted with Flynn's associate during an Inauguration Day celebration on January 20, Flynn sent texts saying the associate's nuclear proposal was "good to go", the whistleblower said. But it's not. Cummings provided hard evidence that he wants to form the basis of a subpoena created to uproot what really happened. Mr. Copson confirmed in a letter to me on June 27, 2017, that his company paid the expenses for a trip General Flynn made to the Middle East in June 2015 to promote his project and provided a $25,000 check to compensate him for the "loss of income and business opportunities resulting from this trip". The witness could not read the text, but he saw that the time stamp was 12:11 p.m., according Cummings's letter.

ACU Strategic Partners has declined comment or make Mr Copson available for an interview.

ACU Strategic Partners issued a statement on Wednesday saying, "No member of ACU received any communication in any form from General Flynn during the presidential campaign, the presidential transition, the inauguration, the period following the inauguration when General Flynn served as national security adviser or subsequent to General Flynn's resignation".

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