Trump aid Michael Flynn planned to 'rip up' Russian Federation sanctions, says whistleblower
07 December, 2017, 02:42 | Author: Kristen Ingram
General Michael Flynn-within minutes of Donald Trump being sworn in as president-was communicating directly with his former business colleagues about their plan to work with Russian Federation to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East.
Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Wednesday the whistleblowers allegations raise concerns that Flynn improperly aided the nuclear project after joining the White House as one of Trumps top national security officials. But the US sanctions imposed by President Obama on Russian Federation after its 2014 invasion of Crimea limited how far the scheme could go.
Mr Cummings wrote that Mr Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, had attempted to "manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his business partners".
Minutes into Trump's inauguration speech, Flynn also texted the ex-partner, who wanted to work with Russian Federation to build nuclear reactors across the Middle East, that the plan, threatened by Obama's sanctions, was "good to go". But Cummings' letter to Gowdy described Flynn's interest in the deal for nuclear reactors in far more detail than was previously known. He was ousted as national security advisor after only 24 days on the job. The memo was intended for Trump to sign, though there's no indication the President saw it, the Journal reported.
The congressman said he had heard about the alleged Flynn texts from an unnamed confidential informant. "I have spoken to this whistleblower, and I find this person to be authentic, credible, and reliable", Cummings wrote.
He pleaded guilty last week to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his contacts with the Moscow diplomat.
His lawyer, Robert Kelner, declined to comment for this story.
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. "This is the start of something I have been working on for years, and we are good to go". Given the seriousness of the charge and the person making it, if the committee isn't going to issue a subpoena, Robert Mueller nearly certainly will.
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.
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.
The new details suggest that President Trump and his aides not only were amenable to new negotiations with Russian Federation about its bilateral relationship with the U.S - despite its attack on the 2016 presidential election - but had concluded by the time they took office that they would definitely void existing sanctions. A document filed in Flynn's case mentioned his failure to comply with foreign lobbying disclosure laws related to his work for Turkey, but his charging document didn't mention that work.
That's the explosive, but unverified, allegation of a whistleblower cooperating with House Democrats probing the myriad scandals surrounding Flynn, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with a senior Russian diplomat.
He also requested subpoenas for Copson, Barack and other officials linked to the nuclear scheme.
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".
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