Michael Flynn promised a former business partner that Obama-era sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up" once the Trump administration assumed power, according to a whistleblower whose account was released Wednesday by congressional Democrats.
Cummings said he had spoken to the witness and called the account a "credible" allegation that Flynn "sought to manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners".
Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Wednesday the whistleblower's allegations raise concerns that Flynn improperly aided the nuclear project after joining the White House as one of Trump's top national-security officials.
The witness told congressional investigators that he was "extremely uncomfortable" with the conversation, Cummings wrote, and took brief notes about the discussion during the inaugural event.
During their conversation, Mr. Copson informed the whistleblower that he "just got this text message" from General Flynn that the project was "good to go" and directing Mr. Copson to contact their business colleagues to "let them know to put things in place".
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". And one of the companies involved in the project covered his travel expenses and wrote him a check for $25,000 for the trip, though it's not clear if Flynn cashed the check.
Neither Gowdy nor Flynn's attorney, Robert Kelner, responded immediately to a request for comment.
Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during its probe of Russian interference in the presidential election, including about conversations with Russia's ambassador to the USA about sanctions.
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Mr. Gowdy and Mr. Cummings have a long history of clashing publicly over politically charged investigations.
"I do not bring this whistleblower to your attention lightly", Cummings, the Baltimore lawmaker and top Democrat on the committee wrote in the letter. But the whistleblower says he or she could not read the actual message.
"When the whistle-blower asked why the United States needed to be involved in a Middle East nuclear project, Mr Copson explained that the USA would provide military support to "defend these installations", the letter said.
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.
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.
As part of his plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, Flynn agreed to be a cooperative witness in exchange for avoiding prosecution on other charges that might be related to his involvement with Russian Federation during the campaign, the presidential transition and his brief stint as national security adviser.
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