Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Whistleblower To Dems: Flynn Promised Biz Associate He'd Gut Russia Sanctions

Whistleblower To Dems: Flynn Promised Biz Associate He'd Gut Russia Sanctions

According to The New York Times, House Oversight Committee ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings wrote to committee chair Trey Gowdy that "within minutes of Donald Trump being sworn in as President", Flynn was "communicating directly with his former business colleagues about their plan to work with Russian Federation to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East".

With the clearance of Mueller's office, Cummings writes that he's now making the whistleblower's story public.

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 worldwide interests, the whistleblower said.

Mr. Cummings sent the letter to the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Committee, Trey Gowdy, Republican of SC, and asked him to investigate the whistle-blower's claims. Mr Cummings wrote that Mr Mueller's team asked lawmakers to hold off on a public release of this information until certain investigative steps were taken.

Mr Gowdy, in a written response later on Wednesday to Mr Cummings, panned the idea of the Oversight Committee doing its own investigation into what the whistle-blower has to say.

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

The letter from Cummings concluded with a request to issue subpoenas for "all documents and communications referring or relating" to Flynn's foreign contacts during the Trump campaign, the transition period and his brief time as national security adviser.


The company did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

The whistleblower said that Copson quickly displayed what he claimed to be a text message from Flynn that appeared to have been sent during Trump's inauguration speech.

He also said he finds the whistle-blower to be "authentic, credible and reliable", and someone who has come forward even though he fears retaliation because "he feels duty bound as a citizen to make this disclosure".

Mr. Gowdy and Mr. Cummings have a long history of clashing publicly over politically charged investigations. "I am going to celebrate today". "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people".

As the president spoke, Flynn reportedly texted Copson that the nuclear project was "good to go", the witness said Copson told him. The witness could not read the text, but he saw that the time stamp was 12:11 p.m., according Cummings's letter. Copson, who had previously employed Flynn to advise on the deal to build nuclear power plants with Russian Federation, told the whistleblower that it was the "best day of my life". And one of the companies involved in the project covered his travel expenses and wrote him a check for $25,000 for the trip, though it's not clear if Flynn cashed the check.

Mr Copson couldn't be located for comment.

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