Michael Flynn Vowed to End Russia Sanctions, According to Whistleblower
Dec 07 2017
As President Trump delivered his inaugural address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, his new national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, sent a text to a former business associate telling him that a plan to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East in partnership with Russian interests was "good to go", according to a witness who spoke with congressional investigators.
On Wednesday Cummings sent the whistleblower's account to committee chairman Trey Gowdy with a request that he issue subpoenas to White House officials, including chief of staff John Kelly, as well as Flynn, Copson and their other business associates for material that would corroborate the whistleblower's statements.
The Maryland Democrat said he considered "credible" the allegations that Flynn "sought to manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners".
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about calls he had with the Russian ambassador about sanctions and the United Nations vote at the request of Trump campaign officials.
The company did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday. Flynn had been a paid consultant for the business venture before he joined the Trump campaign previous year.
One of them, a proposed venture to help Middle Eastern nations build nuclear power plants with assistance from Russian Federation and the US, garnered significant press attention.
The whistleblower also said that within minutes of Trump's inauguration ceremony, Flynn communicated directly with business associates about plans to begin building nuclear reactors in the Middle East-a joint project with Russian Federation, according to the letter.
"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson said, according to the whistleblower.
"This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people", the associate, Alex Copson, told the whistleblower on inauguration day, according to the whistleblower's account to the Democrats. Copson told the whistleblower, according to the Cummings letter, that Flynn would ensure the sanctions were withdrawn. "I couldn't be better".
House investigators turned over the information they had gathered to the Mueller team several weeks ago.
"Although this individual was extremely hesitant to come forward - and still fears retaliation - the whistleblower has chose to do so now because this individual feels duty bound as a citizen to make this disclosure", he wrote. 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.
Gowdy has pressed back previously on the demands for records, saying he does not want to impede the Special Counsel investigation.
Neither Gowdy nor Flynn's attorney, Robert Kelner, responded immediately to a request for comment.
Cummings has argued that the Flynn plea deal should alleviate that concern.
The account is detailed in a letter written by Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. Cummings described the account in a letter Wednesday to the panel's Republican chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC.