Whistleblower: Flynn said Russian Federation sanctions would be 'ripped up'

During Trump's Inauguration Speech, Flynn Was Doing Private Russia-Related Business on His Phone, Whistleblower

As Donald Trump delivered his presidential inaugural address last January, his national security adviser Michael Flynn told a former business associate in text messages that a private plan to build nuclear reactors in the Mideast was "good to go" and that United States sanctions hobbling the plan would soon be "ripped up", a whistleblower told congressional investigators.

Within minutes of Trump's inauguration in January, Flynn informed his former associate that the plan to work with Russian Federation to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East was "good to go", because Flynn was ensuring the sanctions would be "ripped up" as one of Trump's first orders of business.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us.This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people", Copson told the whistleblower, according to Cummings' letter.

"And he apparently went on to say Flynn was making sure the sanctions would be "'ripped up' as one of his first orders of business".

"Our committee has credible allegations that President Trump's national security advisor sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners", said Cummings.

The whistleblower also alleges that Copson said Flynn had assured him that US sanctions on Russian Federation would be "ripped up" as soon as Trump was inside the White House.

The criminal case against Flynn in federal court barely touched on his work in private business, though it did describe his attempts during the presidential transition to mediate Russia's response to sanctions from the Obama administration and to influence foreign nations' votes on a UN Security Council measure related to Israeli settlements.

Cummings detailed the whistleblower's allegations in a letter to Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the oversight committee, and called on the panel to subpoena Flynn to testify.

Flynn pleaded guilty last week to lying to the FBI, and pledged to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian election interference.

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Gowdy has not responded to requests from ABC NEWS for comment.

As the whistleblower chatted with Flynn's associate during an Inauguration Day celebration on January 20, Flynn sent texts saying the associate's nuclear proposal was "good to go", the whistleblower said.

Reached Wednesday, Flynn's attorney declined to comment.

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

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

Cummings said the whistleblower contacted his office in June 2017 to describe events that occurred at an event in Washington, DC, on Inauguration Day.

Copson, who six months earlier had paid Flynn US$25,000 (S$33,000) to help promote his scheme, told the whistleblower that Flynn told him sanctions on Russian Federation would be "ripped up" as a priority in the Trump government.

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.

The office of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was aware of the witness's account and asked Cummings not to release the information until the special counsel had taken "certain investigative steps", which are now complete, Cummings wrote.

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