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

President Trump's first national security advisor, Michael T. Flynn, texted a former business associate on Inauguration Day that Obama-era sanctions against Russia would be "ripped up" and that a lucrative proposal to build nuclear reactors with Russian partners in the Middle East was "good to go", a witness has told Congress.

Representative Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, recounted the whistleblower's allegations as part of a push to have Flynn and others testify to his committee.

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

In the letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy, the panel's GOP chairman, Cummings demanded that Gowdy subpoena documents on the nuclear power plan from the White House, Flynn, Copson, their partners and associates, Reuters reported. These grave allegations compel a full, credible, and bipartisan congressional investigation, ' Cummings wrote.

Attorneys for Flynn and Copson did not immediately return email and phone requests for comment.

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The whistleblower, who provided his account to Cummings in June, said he was with Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, a key Flynn ally on the nuclear project, on January 20, Inauguration Day.

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. The texts were timestamped as being sent just as President Trump was delivering his Inaugural Address, the whistleblower said.

Now, new allegations are coming from a whistleblower who says he met Copson at a Washington, DC, event on Inauguration Day - and that Copson had some very interesting things to say about the project.

Flynn pled guilty last week to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding conversations with Russians.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", the businessman, Alex Copson, managing director of nuclear power promoter ACU Strategic Partners, allegedly told the whistleblower. The investigators are searching for further evidence that Flynn lobbied from his government job as National Security Advisor for associates who had retained his consulting firm before the election.

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With the clearance of Mueller's office, Cummings writes that he's now making the whistleblower's story public.

The congressman said he had heard about the alleged Flynn texts from an unnamed confidential informant.

Media captionAfter Flynn's guilty plea, what next for the Russian Federation investigation? "I have spoken to this whistleblower, and I find this person to be authentic, credible, and reliable", Cummings wrote.

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.

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