Flynn said Russian Federation sanctions would be 'ripped up'

Flynn Said Russian Sanctions Would be 'Ripped Up,' Whistle-Blower Says

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 letter went on to say that "Mr. Copson explained that General 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".

The New York Times was first to report the letter on Wednesday, claiming it represents "the strongest evidence to date that the Trump administration wanted to end the sanctions immediately, and suggests that Mr. Flynn had a possible economic incentive for the United States to forge a closer relationship with Russian Federation".

Flynn didn't reveal his relationship with ACU Strategic Partners until August after leaving it off previous government forms. Given the seriousness of the charge and the person making it, if the committee isn't going to issue a subpoena, Robert Mueller nearly certainly will.

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

According to Mr Cummings's letter to Mr Gowdy, Mr Copson then told the whistle-blower, "Mike has been putting everything in place for us".

Cummings said that the whistleblower's allegations raise concerns that Flynn improperly aided the nuclear project after joining the White House as one of Trump's top security officials.

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Flynn's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment on the latest claims.

On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a voluntary interview conducted only four days following his alleged text messages to Copson.

"I do not bring this whistle-blower to your attention lightly", Mr. Cummings said.

"When the whistle-blower asked why the United States needed to be involved in a Middle East nuclear project, Mr Copson explained that the USA would provide military support to "defend these installations", the letter said.

The whistleblower told House Democrats that while Trump spoke at his inauguration, Flynn texted from his seat on the Capitol steps to Alex Copson, the managing director of ACU Strategic Partners and the nuclear project's main promoter.

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.

"These grave allegations compel a full, credible, and bipartisan congressional investigation", Mr Cummings wrote in the letter to Mr Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, which outlines the information provided by the whistle-blower. Copson told the whistleblower, according to the Cummings letter, that Flynn would ensure the sanctions were withdrawn. It gave Flynn a potential monetary incentive to get sanctions imposed on Russian Federation during the Obama administration lifted immediately. 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.

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