Whistleblower: Flynn texts broached nuclear plan, sanctions

Whistleblower: Flynn texts broached nuclear plan, sanctions

Gowdy said he was referring the matter to the House Intel Committee, on which Gowdy sits.

Neither Gowdy nor Flynn's attorney, Robert Kelner, responded immediately to a request for comment.

Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general and former high-ranking intelligence officer, pleaded guilty last week to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his discussions with the then-Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, about the sanctions that day after they were imposed. He said Flynn did not cash the check, however.

During the conversation, Mr. Copson told the whistle-blower that "this is the best day of my life" because it was "the start of something I've been working on for years, and we are good to go".

The whistleblower also says that Flynn assured Copson that US sanctions on Russian Federation that could block the nuclear project would be "ripped up" once Trump was inside the White House.

The whistleblower also said that within minutes of Trump's inauguration ceremony, Flynn communicated directly with business associates about plans to begin building nuclear reactors in the Middle East-a joint project with Russian Federation, according to the letter.

House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) showed no interest Wednesday in further investigating claims a whistleblower brought to the committee's Democrats about promises former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn allegedly made to a business associate about gutting Russian Federation sanctions that been hindering the associate's business project.




In June, the whistleblower first contacted Cummings and gave the congressman permission to share the account as part of the ongoing investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Flynn lasted just 24 days as national security adviser before he was forced out amid questions about whether he lied to administration officials about the nature of his phone calls with Mr. Kislyak.

In the letter, Mr. Cummings appeared to try to anticipate an argument that Mr. Gowdy might make - that he can not investigate the whistle-blower's claims as long as Mr. Flynn was still under investigation by Mr. Mueller's team.

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

He also said he finds the whistle-blower to be "authentic, credible and reliable", and someone who has come forward even though he fears retaliation because "he feels duty bound as a citizen to make this disclosure". The witness could not read the text, but he saw that the time stamp was 12:11 p.m., according Cummings's letter.

The Maryland Democrat said he considered "credible" the allegations that Flynn "sought to manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners".

Mr Copson had allegedly shown the Flynn text message to the source, according to the congressman.

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