Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Flynn said that Russian Federation sanctions would be 'ripped up,' whistleblower says

Flynn said that Russian Federation sanctions would be 'ripped up,' whistleblower says

According to the account detailed in the letter, the whistle-blower had a conversation on Inauguration Day with Alex Copson of ACU Strategic Partners, a company that hired Mr. Flynn in 2015 as an adviser to develop a plan to work with Russian Federation to build nuclear power plants throughout the Middle East. Mr. Flynn served as an adviser until June 2016.

The new allegations against Michael Flynn ― who recently pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russia's USA ambassador ― were made public on Wednesday in a letter from Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), a top-ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That agreement made no mention of Flynn's consulting work for companies pursuing a controversial nuclear power project in the Middle East that involved Russian participation. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight committee, to Chairman Trey Gowdy, a Republican, and shared with ABC News.

"During their conversation, Mr. Copson informed the whistleblower that he "just got this text message" from General Flynn saying that the project was "good to go" and directing Mr. Copson to contact their business colleagues to "let them know to put things in place" the letter says.

Flynn had assured his former associate that US sanctions against Russian Federation would immediately be "ripped up" by the Trump administration, a move that would help facilitate the deal, the associate told the witness.

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. In an earlier note to the committee, Copson said his firm had provided Flynn with a $25,000 check - left uncashed - and paid for Flynn's June 2015 trip to the Mideast as a security consultant for the project. A Gowdy spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson told the whistleblower.

An attorney for Flynn did not respond to a request for comment from CNBC.

Copson allegedly showed the whistleblower the text he received from Flynn on his phone. "I am going to celebrate today", and added, according to the whistleblower: "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people".

Neither Copson nor an attorney for ACU responded to a request for comment.

Flynn pleaded guilty last week to one count of making false statements and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign.

Cummings wrote: "The whistleblower was extremely uncomfortable with the conversation". 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.

"I do not bring this whistle-blower to your attention lightly", Cummings said.

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