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

06 December 2017

That's the account a whistleblower told Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which has been investigating Flynn's role in the project.

A whistleblower has told House Democrats that during President Donald Trump's inauguration speech, national security adviser Michael Flynn texted a former business associate to say a private nuclear proposal Flynn had lobbied for would have his support in the White House.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson told the informant, according to Cummings. On Inauguration Day, according to the whistle-blower, Mr. Flynn texted the former business associate to say that the project was "good to go". "This is going to make for a lot of very wealthy people", Cummings's letter quotes him as saying. Efforts to reach Copson were unsuccessful.

The whistleblower told congressional investigators that Copson boasted that Flynn was "making sure that sanctions would be "ripped up" as one of his first orders of business and that this would allow money to start flowing into the project", an apparent reference to financial sanctions imposed on Russian Federation by the Obama administration, Cummings's letter states.

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President Obama first imposed economic sanctions on Russian Federation in 2014, after Russia's military incursions in Crimea and Ukraine, and again last December to punish Russian Federation for its attempts to disrupt the United States presidential election.

It's worth noting (and the NY Times does point this out) that while there was some discussion earlier this year of lifting sanctions against Russian Federation imposed by the outgoing Obama administration, Trump ultimately decided not to remove them. Mr. Flynn lasted just 24 days as national security adviser before he was forced out amid questions about whether he lied to administration officials about the nature of his phone calls with Mr. Kislyak.

Cummings suggested that Gowdy subpoena the White House for documents the House committee requested in March, but which have not yet been provided, that might potentially corroborate the whistleblower's account. He also offers to have the whistleblower talk with Republicans on the committee if they agree to protect his identity. "I have spoken to this whistleblower, and I find this person to be authentic, credible, and reliable", Cummings wrote. "I have attempted to advance this investigation without exposing individuals to personal or professional risk". "But the exceptionally troubling allegation in this case - combined with ongoing obstruction from the White House and others - have made this step necessary".

Flynn was a consultant to ACU from April 2015 to June 2016, according to amended financial disclosure forms he filed in August 2017.

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Copson showed the informant the text message, according to Cummings.

"At this event, the whistleblower met Alex Copson", Cummings wrote.

The whistle-blower's account is detailed in a letter from Rep.

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