Whistleblower alleges Flynn texted about Russian Federation nuclear deal during inauguration, congressman says
- Author: Tracy Klein Dec 07, 2017,
Dec 07, 2017, 1:57
On President Donald Trump's Inauguration Day, a former business parter of incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn allegedly bragged that Flynn told him Trump would quickly lift United States sanctions on Russia - a move that would pave the way for a controversial plan to build nuclear plants across the Middle East, with Russian help.
The allegation - which suggests the Trump administration was eager to lift sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama and that Flynn may have blurred his public and private roles during his brief run at the White House - was outlined in a letter Cummings sent to Rep.
Flynn attempted to "manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his business partners", and assured a business partner the U.S. would relax sanctions once he worked in Trump's White House, Cummings wrote to House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina. "These grave allegations compel a full, credible, and bipartisan congressional investigation", Cummings wrote in the letter addressed to committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).
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.
Flynn, who pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, did consulting work with the form as part of a deal to build nuclear reactors across the middle east.
The allegation posed new troubles for Flynn, who left the White House after barely three weeks and pleaded guilty last week to lying to FBI investigators in the Russian Federation election meddling probe.
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.
Neither Copson nor an attorney for ACU responded to a request for comment. The whistleblower said during a conversation, Copson described his messages with Flynn and briefly flashed one of the texts, which appeared to have been sent 10 minutes after Trump began speaking.
The White House aide was said to have been referring to plans by a consortium of US, Russian and French companies to build and operate 45 nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.
Copson allegedly told those around him that "Mike [Flynn] has been putting everything in place for us". He was ousted as national security advisor after only 24 days on the job.
The congressman said he had heard about the alleged Flynn texts from an unnamed confidential informant.
Cummings has argued that the Flynn plea deal should alleviate that concern.
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. "I have spoken to this whistleblower, and I find this person to be authentic, credible, and reliable", Cummings wrote.