07 December, 2017
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn told a business associate in January that one of the Trump administration's first priorities would be to "rip up" the sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in December, according to a whistleblower who described the incident to a Democratic congressman.
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.
"I believe the American people want Congress to hold President Trump and his administration accountable", Cummings wrote, "and they are exhausted of Republicans in Congress putting their heads in the sand when faced with credible allegations of grave abuses".
Flynn's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment on the latest claims. Copson added that "this is going to make a lot of very wealthy people".
ACU Strategic Partners paid for Flynn to travel to Israel and Egypt in 2015 to promote the nuclear project, paying him a fee of $25,000, according to a letter Copson sent the committee.
The whistleblower also alleges that Copson said Flynn had assured him that USA sanctions on Russian Federation would be "ripped up" as soon as Trump was inside the White House.
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.More news: Bullet-riddled body of man working for Army found
The business colleague who texted with Flynn later recounted that he also suggested sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up" as one of the administration's first acts, according to the whistleblower.
Reached Wednesday, Flynn's attorney declined to comment.
According to the whistleblower, Copson said, "Mike has been putting everything in place for us".
It is alleged that while sitting a few yards away from the podium where President Trump was delivering his inaugural address on 20 January, Mr Flynn sent the texts to Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, a U.S. nuclear power consultancy.
Copson showed the witness the text on his phone.
Cummings has argued that the Flynn plea deal should alleviate that concern. He said Flynn did not cash the check, however. The whistleblower isn't named, but Cummings promised in the letter to share the person's identity with Gowdy if it remains confidential and Gowdy agrees to speak with the whistleblower.
"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.
Cummings said the individual contacted his office and authorized him to make his account, but not his name, public. Flynn said on a federal filing that he served as an advisor to the company between April 2015 and June 2016.