Flynn said sanctions would be 'ripped up'

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During Trump's Inauguration Speech, Flynn Was Doing Private Russia-Related Business on His Phone, Whistleblower

Fired former national security advisor Mike Flynn exalted that a nuclear deal involving Russian Federation was "good to go" just minutes after President Trump took the oath of office, House Oversight panel Democrats said based on a whistleblower's claims.

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.

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

According to a letter by Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Copson then showed the whistleblower his phone, which contained a message from Flynn. "These grave allegations compel a full, credible, and bipartisan congressional investigation". Congress later passed a bipartisan measure that placed new sanctions on Russian Federation, a bill that Trump reluctantly signed in August.

The whistleblower told Democrats that the associate had been informed by Flynn that the project was "good to go" and that the sanctions would be "ripped up".

The whistleblower has told Democrats on the House Government Oversight committee that 11 minutes into Trump's address, the business associate, Alex Copson, received a text from Flynn about a Middle East nuclear power project involving Russian-state interests that they had worked on together.

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.


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.

Flynn's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment on the latest claims.

Flynn, while involved in the Trump transition, worked with companies including ACU Strategic Partners to make a deal with Russian Federation to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East. He also lied when he said he did not recall a follow-up conversation with the ambassador, who said that "Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of Flynn's request".

Reached Wednesday, Flynn's attorney declined to comment.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson said, according to the witness, adding: "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people". He was ousted as national security advisor after only 24 days on the job. Flynn said on a federal filing that he served as an advisor to the company between April 2015 and June 2016. Cummings said his office could not verify the whistleblower's story, and whether Copson was telling the whistleblower the truth, without subpoenaed documents.

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.

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