Whistleblower: Flynn said Russian Federation sanctions would be 'ripped up'

National security adviser General Michael Flynn arrives to deliver a statement next to Press Secretary Sean Spicer during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington U.S

Former White House security adviser Michael Flynn texted a businessman during President Donald Trump's inauguration speech that a Middle East nuclear power plant scheme with Russian partners was "good to go", a Democratic lawmaker alleged on Wednesday (Dec 6).

"Mr. Copson explained that General Flynn was making sure that sanctions would be "ripped up" as one of his first orders of business and that this would allow money to start flowing into the project", Cummings wrote. The account provides the strongest claim yet that the administration was focused on unraveling the sanctions that President Barack Obama had just put in place and that Flynn had a personal motivation for doing so.

But he asked Gowdy to issue a subpoena to the White House for documents related to Flynn, saying that the committee has "credible allegations" that Flynn "sought to manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners".

According to Cummings, on January 20, 2017, the whistleblower had a conversation with Alex Copson, managing director of nuclear power promoter ACU Strategic Partners, as they attended Trump's inauguration.

The new details suggest that Flynn sought to help the nuclear deal proceed after he joined the White House.

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The witness's account, made public on Wednesday by the ranking Democrat on the House oversight committee, raises new concerns about the extent to which Flynn may have blurred his private and public interests during his brief stint inside the White House. The memo was intended for Trump to sign, though there's no indication the President saw it, the Journal reported.

Cummings said the whistle-blower detailed a business effort that was aimed at boosting investment in the Middle East.

Cummings said he had found the unnamed informant to be "authentic, credible and reliable", and offered to produce the person for Gowdy. Robert Kelner, an attorney representing Flynn, declined to comment.

Flynn also informed the associate that his business partners could move forward with their project, which aimed to construct a network of nuclear reactors across the Mideast with support from Russian and other global interests, the whistleblower said.

According to the whistleblower, Copson said, "Mike has been putting everything in place for us". "I am going to celebrate today", and added, according to the whistleblower: "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people".

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The episode indicates that Trump officials had planned to jettison sanctions that the Obama administration had imposed on Russian Federation.

Flynn pleaded guilty last week to lying to the FBI, and pledged to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian election interference. 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.

The whistle-blower contacted Cummings' office in June, and gave the congressman permission to share his account as part of the committee's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

He also requested subpoenas for Copson, Barrack and other officials linked to the nuclear scheme.

Cummings said the individual contacted his office and authorized him to make his account, but not his name, public.

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