Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Whistleblower To Dems: Flynn Promised Biz Associate He'd Gut Russia Sanctions

Whistleblower To Dems: Flynn Promised Biz Associate He'd Gut Russia Sanctions

Michael Flynn sent a text to a business partner as President Donald Trump was delivering his inaugural address last January that a joint plan between Russian Federation and Flynn's business allies to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East was "good to go".

Now, new allegations are coming from a whistleblower who says he met Copson at a Washington, DC, event on Inauguration Day - and that Copson had some very interesting things to say about the project.

In June, the whistleblower first contacted Cummings and gave the congressman permission to share the account as part of the ongoing investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Obama had fired Flynn as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

'Our committee has credible allegations 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, Politico reported in a story on the letter. 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. He was ousted as national security advisor after only 24 days on the job.

The revelation came from Rep Elijah Cummings and came via a whistleblower.

Cummings told Gowdy in his letter that he found the witness "authentic, credible and reliable".

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Cummings has argued that the Flynn plea deal should alleviate that concern.

President Trump's personal White House lawyer, Ty Cobb, also declined to comment. Copson allegedly responded, "I couldn't be better".

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", the whistleblower claims Copson said. "I am going to celebrate today" Copson said, according to the whistle-blower.

"During their conversation, Mr. Copson informed the whistleblower that he "just got this text message" from General Flynn saying that the project - "involving a joint partnership between the United States and Russian Federation relating to the energy sector in the Middle East" - was "good to go".

The witness told Cummings and committee investigators that Copson shared a text message he had just received from Flynn, who was on stage at the Capitol during Trump's speech. The administration has not lifted sanctions on Russian Federation.

Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during its probe of Russian interference in the presidential election, including about conversations with Russia's ambassador to the USA about sanctions. A document filed in Flynn's case mentioned his failure to comply with foreign lobbying disclosure laws related to his work for Turkey, but his charging document didn't mention that work. According to this account, Copson blamed President Barack Obama for the sanctions, stating that he "fucked everything up in my nuclear deal with the sanctions". Prosecutors "asked my office to hold on the public release of this information until they completed certain investigative steps", Cummings wrote.

The letter was written to the new Oversight Committee chair, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC.

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