Michael Flynn Promised Ex-Partner That Russia Sanctions Would Be 'Ripped Up'

Gen. Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to US President Donald Trump leaves Federal Court in Washington DC

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn told a business associate in January that one of the Trump administration's first priorities would be to "rip up" the sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in December, according to a whistleblower who described the incident to a Democratic congressman.

In his letter, he asked Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to subpoena the White House for "all documents - including emails and text messages sent on personal devices" related to Flynn's foreign contacts.

Cummings said he had spoken to the witness and called the account a "credible" allegation that Flynn "sought to manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners".

The witness told congressional investigators that he was "extremely uncomfortable" with the conversation, Cummings wrote, and took brief notes about the discussion during the inaugural event.

Gowdy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"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.

ACU Strategic Partners paid for Flynn to travel to Israel and Egypt in 2015 to promote the nuclear project, paying him a fee of $25,000, according to a letter Copson sent the committee.

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.

The White House aide was said to have been referring to plans by a consortium of US, Russian and French companies to build and operate 45 nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.

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USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow tried to sway the presidential election in favour of Mr Trump. In a statement, the bank said it cooperates with official investigators but would not discuss individual cases.

"During their conversation, Mr. Copson informed the whistleblower that he "just got this text message" from General Flynn saying that the project - "involving a joint partnership between the United States and Russian Federation relating to the energy sector in the Middle East" - was "good to go".

Cummings also said the whistleblower quoted a business associate of Flynn as saying the economic sanctions against Russian Federation imposed by former President Barack Obama would be "ripped up" as Flynn's first order of business as Trump's national security adviser.

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

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", the whistleblower claims Copson said. He was ousted as national security advisor after only 24 days on the job.

Flynn pleaded guilty to a charge in the criminal investigation into Russian collusion last week.

The letter says Flynn blamed Obama for having 'f***** everything up in my nuclear deal with the sanctions'.

Cummings did not name the whistleblower in the letter, but offered to have Gowdy speak with the person directly.

Mr Flynn was a consultant to the firm for 14 months from 2015-16, according to amended financial disclosure forms he filed in August this year.

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