According to a new report by the New York Times, Michael Flynn apparently told a former business associate that one of the Trump White House's first priorities was to dismantle President Obama's economic sanctions against Russian Federation.
President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn told a former business associate that sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up" early in the new presidency, according to a whistle-blower's account made public on Wednesday.
The Wall Street Journal reported in September that while in the White House Flynn promoted a project that would involve building dozens of nuclear plants around the Middle East.
"I believe the American people want Congress to hold President Trump and his Administration accountable, and they are exhausted of Republicans in Congress putting their heads in the sand when faced with credible allegations of grave abuses while at the same time conducting investigations of allegations against Secretary Clinton that were debunked years ago", Cummings wrote. The texts were timestamped as being sent just as President Trump was delivering his Inaugural Address, the whistleblower said. Copson told the whistleblower, according to the Cummings letter, that Flynn would ensure the sanctions were withdrawn.
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.
Throughout 2015, Flynn traveled multiple times to the Middle East to discuss the project with foreign government officials.
An attorney for Flynn did not respond to a request for comment from CNBC.
"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson said, according to the whistleblower.
"This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people", the associate, Alex Copson, told the whistleblower on inauguration day, according to the whistleblower's account to the Democrats.
The whistleblower said Copson showed him his phone with Flynn's text message; it was sent at 12:11 p.m., about 10 minutes into Trump's inaugural speech. Prosecutors "asked my office to hold on the public release of this information until they completed certain investigative steps", Cummings wrote.
On December 1, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras announced that Flynn had reached a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller to cooperate in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Gowdy, Copson and ACU did not immediately respond to detailed requests for comment, while an attorney for Flynn declined to comment.
Flynn was involved in the Middle Eastern nuclear project from spring 2015 to the end of 2016, according to recent financial disclosure filings, a period that overlapped with his role as a prominent adviser to Trump's campaign and transition. The whistle-blower, Mr. Cummings said, is willing to meet with Mr. Gowdy if he agrees to protect the person's identity.
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