Michael Flynn Promised Ex-Partner That Russia Sanctions Would Be 'Ripped Up'

Gen. Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to US President Donald Trump leaves Federal Court in Washington DC

As Donald Trump delivered his presidential inaugural address last January, his national security adviser Michael Flynn told a former business associate in text messages that a private plan to build nuclear reactors in the Mideast was "good to go" and that U.S. sanctions hobbling the plan would soon be "ripped up", a whistleblower told congressional investigators.

Cummings said he had spoken to the witness and called the account a "credible" allegation that Flynn "sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners".

Cummings, in a letter to Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the Oversight Committee, detailed the whistleblower's allegations and called on the committee to subpoena Flynn to testify.

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.

Trump initially considered lifting the Russian sanctions - which were a response to Moscow's military intervention in Eastern Ukraine in 2014 - but ultimately decided against it.

Cummings also said the whistleblower quoted a business associate of Flynn as saying the economic sanctions against Russian Federation imposed by former President Barack Obama would be "ripped up" as Flynn's first order of business as Trump's national security adviser. The texts were timestamped as being sent just as President Trump was delivering his Inaugural Address, the whistleblower said.

With the clearance of Mueller's office, Cummings writes that he's now making the whistleblower's story public. "This is going to make for a lot of very wealthy people", Cummings's letter quotes him as saying.




Flynn, while involved in the Trump transition, worked with companies including ACU Strategic Partners to make a deal with Russian Federation to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East.

Reached Wednesday, Flynn's attorney declined to comment. ACU was pushing a nuclear project in the Middle East that Flynn is said to have lobbied for while in the White House.

But reports over the last few months have suggested that Flynn continued to promote the project after the election, and even after he had been sworn in as national security adviser. "They have now informed us that they have done so".

Cummings told Gowdy in his letter that he found the witness "authentic, credible and reliable".

Gowdy has not responded to requests from ABC News for comment.

It also raised fresh questions on what Trump knew about Flynn's business plans when he appointed the retired three- star general to serve as his national security advisor. 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". He said Flynn did not cash the check, however.

Cummings did not identify the whistleblower.

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