During Trump inaugural, Flynn greenlighted nuclear project with Russian Federation
Dec 08 2017
Cummings did not identify the witness, whom he described as a whistleblower.
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. A lawyer for Mr. Flynn declined to comment. "But the exceptionally troubling allegations in this case - combined with ongoing obstruction from the White House and others - have made this step necessary".
Mr. Gowdy and Mr. Cummings have a long history of clashing publicly over politically charged investigations. 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". Congress later passed a bipartisan measure that placed new sanctions on Russian Federation, a bill that Trump reluctantly signed in August.
Flynn, who pleaded guilty last week to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was communicating with former business associates "within minutes" of Trump's inauguration, according to the letter - reassuring them Russian investments would soon be available as the Trump administration lifted sanctions.
According to Cummings' letter, the witness said he met Alex Copson, Flynn's former business associate, at an inaugural event. Flynn served as an advisor to the group between April 2015 and June 2016, according to his government disclosures, while it was advocating the nuclear reactor plan. According to this whistleblower, General Flynn reportedly sent a key communication on Inauguration Day indicating that the project was now "good to go" and directing his business colleagues to move forward.
After getting the texts, Copson said, "Mike has been putting everything in place for us", and, "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people", Cummings said, quoting the witness.
Copson showed the witness the text on his phone. The whistleblower saw that the time stamp of the message was 12:11 pm, but did not read the text.
The witness told congressional investigators that he was "extremely uncomfortable" with the conversation, Cummings wrote, and took brief notes about the discussion during the inaugural event.
Neither Gowdy nor Flynn's attorney, Robert Kelner, responded immediately to a request for comment. The whistle-blower, Mr. Cummings said, is willing to meet with Mr. Gowdy if he agrees to protect the person's identity.
With the clearance of Mueller's office, Cummings writes that he's now making the whistleblower's story public.
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. Flynn had been a paid consultant for the business venture before he joined the Trump campaign previous year.