Friday, 16 November, 2018

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

Whistleblower To Dems: Flynn Promised Biz Associate He'd Gut Russia Sanctions Whistleblower To Dems: Flynn Promised Biz Associate He'd Gut Russia Sanctions
Patty Aguilar | 07 December, 2017, 00:31

President Donald Trump 's former national security advisor Michael Flynn told a business associate that he would make sure economic sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up" as one of his first orders of business in the White House, a whistleblower told congressional investigators.

Michael Flynn promised a former business partner that Obama-era sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up" once the Trump administration assumed power, according to a whistleblower whose account was released Wednesday by congressional Democrats.

Mr. Copson is the managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners and was working with General Flynn to promote a joint project with Russian Federation to build nuclear reactors in the Arab world.

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.

On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about conversations he had in December 2016 with the Russian ambassador to the United States about the sanctions, among other topics. He added, "This is going to make a lot of people very wealthy".

"I do not bring this whistleblower to your attention lightly", Cummings, the Baltimore lawmaker and top Democrat on the committee wrote in the letter.

Mr. Cummings said Mr. Gowdy should subpoena the White House and the Flynn Intelligence Group, Mr. Flynn's former company, for documents that the House committee had requested in March but had not yet been provided. Mr. Copson told the whistle-blower that Mr. Flynn had sent him a text message during Mr. Trump's inaugural address, directing him to tell others involved in the nuclear project to continue developing their plans.

On December 29, the day the Obama administration imposed new sanctions and expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the USA in retaliation for Moscow's election meddling, Flynn called Kislyak and asked that Russia not escalate the situation, according to court documents.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson said, according to the whistleblower.

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House investigators turned over the information they had gathered to the Mueller team several weeks ago.

Cummings said the whistleblower contacted his office in June 2017 to describe events that occurred at an event in Washington, DC, on Inauguration Day. "They have now informed us that they have done so". But it's not. Cummings provided hard evidence that he wants to form the basis of a subpoena created to uproot what really happened.

It also raised fresh questions on what Trump knew about Flynn's business plans when he appointed the retired three- star general to serve as his national security advisor.

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 whistleblower is not named in the five-page letter that Cummings shared with ABC News on Wednesday, and is unlikely to identify him or herself, fearing retaliation.

The witness told Cummings and committee investigators that Copson shared a text message he had just received from Flynn, who was on stage at the Capitol during Trump's speech.

Cummings said he had found the unnamed informant to be "authentic, credible and reliable", and offered to produce the person for Gowdy.

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