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Flynn Said Russian Sanctions Would be 'Ripped Up,' Whistle-Blower Says

Flynn Said Russian Sanctions Would be 'Ripped Up,' Whistle-Blower Says

A whistleblower has told House Democrats that during President Donald Trump's inauguration speech, national security adviser Michael Flynn texted a former business associate to say a private nuclear reactor plan Flynn had lobbied for would also have his support in the White House.

The account is from a whistleblower made public for the first time today. According to the whistleblower, Flynn also informed the associate that his business partners could move forward with their project, which aimed to construct a network of nuclear reactors across the Mideast with support from Russian and other global interests. He called for a bipartisan investigation.

The whistleblower, who provided his account to Cummings in June, said he was with Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, a key Flynn ally on the nuclear project, on January 20, Inauguration Day.

Michael Flynn reportedly told a business associate that the economic sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up". Cummings said the whistleblower contacted him in June of this year with the new information.

Mr. Cummings said Mr. Gowdy should subpoena the White House and the Flynn Intelligence Group, Mr. Flynn's former company, for documents that the House committee had requested in March but had not yet been provided.

The White House referred inquiries to Trump's personal White House attorney, Ty Cobb, who declined to comment.

Copson is the managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners.

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Copson went on to say that "Mike has been putting everything in place", according to the letter.

On December 1, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras announced that Flynn had reached a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller to cooperate in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "This is going to make for a lot of very wealthy people", Cummings's letter quotes him as saying. He added, "This is the start of something I have been working on for years, and we are good to go".

Copson allegedly showed the whistleblower the text he received from Flynn on his phone.

Copson had promoted a succession of nuclear projects created to include Russian participation dating back to the 1990s. Mr. Cummings said that Mr. Gowdy should subpoena Mr. Flynn, Mr. Copson and four others to testify before the panel.

On December 29, the day the Obama administration imposed new sanctions and expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S. in retaliation for Moscow's election meddling, Flynn called Kislyak and asked that Russia not escalate the situation, according to court documents.

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.