Whistleblower alleges Flynn texted about Russian Federation nuclear deal during inauguration, congressman says

Whistleblower alleges Flynn texted about Russian Federation nuclear deal during inauguration, congressman says

Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, promised to swiftly end USA sanctions against Russian Federation as one of the "first orders of business" for the incoming Trump administration, according to a whistleblower's account detailed in a new letter from Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The witness's account, made public on Wednesday by the ranking Democrat on the House oversight committee, raises new concerns about the extent to which Flynn may have blurred his private and public interests during his brief stint inside the White House.

These statements from Flynn to Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, reveal Flynn's attempt to "manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners", Democratic representative Elijah Cummings wrote in a letter Wednesday.

The whistle-blower's account is detailed in a letter from Rep. He called for a bipartisan investigation.

But in his interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation last January, 24, according to the Justice Department documents, Flynn lied when he said he did not ask Kislyak "to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russian Federation".

Copson told the whistle-blower that Flynn was making sure the sanctions would be ripped up, which would allow money to start flowing into the project.

The message said the project was 'good to go.' It continued that Copson should contact colleagues to 'let them know to put things in place.' The whistleblower could not read the text of the message, but said the timestamp said 12:11 pm, meaning just minutes after Donald Trump assumed the presidency.

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.

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 company did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

The allegations posed new troubles for Flynn, who left the White House last February after barely three weeks and pleaded guilty last week to lying to FBI investigators in the Russian Federation election meddling probe.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", the whistleblower claims Copson said.

Two days after the election, Obama warned Trump not to hire Flynn, CNN reported.

Cummings added: "They have now informed us that they have done so".

Flynn's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment on the latest claims. He said Flynn did not cash the check, however.

Media captionAfter Flynn's guilty plea, what next for the Russian Federation investigation?

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.

Cummings did not identify the witness, whom he described as a whistleblower.

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