Trump aid Michael Flynn planned to 'rip up' Russian Federation sanctions, says whistleblower

Katrina Barker
December 7, 2017

Trump's former national security adviser told a business associate that USA sanctions imposed on Russian Federation would be "ripped up" by the new administration, according to a whistleblower account made public Wednesday in a letter written by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings.

According to the whistleblower account, Copson said the inauguration was "the best day of my life" owing to progress on the nuclear deal, which was now 'going to make a lot of very wealthy people.

Mr Cummings wrote that Mr Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, had attempted to "manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his business partners".

The revelation came from Rep Elijah Cummings and came via a whistleblower.

"I believe the American people want Congress to hold President Trump and his administration accountable", Cummings wrote, "and they are exhausted of Republicans in Congress putting their heads in the sand when faced with credible allegations of grave abuses". The account provides the strongest claim yet that the administration was focused on unraveling the sanctions that President Barack Obama had just put in place and that Flynn had a personal motivation for doing so.

According to the whistleblower account, Copson said Flynn was making sure sanctions would be 'ripped up, ' which would allow money to start flowing to the project.

Perhaps most intriguingly of all, Cummingswrites that he told Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team about all this some time ago - and that they asked him to delay publicly revealing this information "until they completed certain investigation steps".

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn right is accused of texting a business associated about nuclear deals
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn right is accused of texting a business associated about nuclear deals. Associated Press Susan Walsh

Flynn had worked as a consultant for ACU Strategic Partners, the group pushing the proposed nuclear deal, in 2015 and 2016.

According to Cummings, on January 20, 2017, the whistleblower had a conversation with Alex Copson, managing director of nuclear power promoter ACU Strategic Partners, as they attended Trump's inauguration.

According to the whistleblower, Copson said, "Mike has been putting everything in place for us". He and Cummings jointly exposed details that Flynn had lied on his security clearance forms earlier this year, though Chaffetz later backed off the inquiry despite the Democratic demands.

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

The whistleblower is not named in the five-page letter that Cummings shared with ABC News on Wednesday, and is unlikely to identify him or herself, fearing retaliation.

Mr Cummings said the source was "authentic, credible, and reliable", and offered to introduce the individual to Mr Gowdy. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyGowdy: FBI has had a "really bad last 18 months' Benghazi panel used 0K in taxpayer money to settle wrongful termination lawsuit Congressional investigators make first evidence requests in Russian Federation nuclear bribery case MORE (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee".

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