Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Money | By Michele Stevens

Whistleblower: Flynn texts broached nuclear plan, sanctions

Whistleblower: Flynn texts broached nuclear plan, sanctions

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.

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".

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.

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. He didn't divulge the relationship until the third version of his financial disclosure report, required of White House employees, which he filed in August.

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Cummings said he had found the unnamed informant to be "authentic, credible and reliable", and offered to produce the person for Gowdy.

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

The Maryland Democrat said he considered "credible" the allegations that Flynn "sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners". The whistleblower also said that Copson intimated that US financial sanctions hobbling the nuclear project were going to be "ripped up".

Flynn, who pleaded guilty last week to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was communicating with former business associates "within minutes" of Trump's inauguration, according to the letter - reassuring them Russian investments would soon be available as the Trump administration lifted sanctions.

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"I am going to celebrate today" Copson said, according to the whistle-blower.

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. "This is going to make a lot of wealthy people".

Copson, according to the whistleblower, said Obama's sanctions had "f**ked everything up in my nuclear deal with the sanctions". The plea made clear that Flynn was cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian officials during the presidential election.

Attempts to reach Mr. Copson on Wednesday were unsuccessful. He also lied when he said he did not recall a follow-up conversation with the ambassador, who said that "Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of Flynn's request".

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