Gowdy Rebuffs Dem Request To Probe Whistleblower's Mike Flynn Claims

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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn told a business associate in January that one of the Trump administration's first priorities would be to "rip up" the sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in December, according to a whistleblower who described the incident to a Democratic congressman.

President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn told a former business associate that sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up" early in the new presidency, according to a whistle-blower's account made public on Wednesday.

The project in question - promoted by a group of former senior USA military officers, and often described as a "Marshall Plan" of sorts - would involve United States companies working with Russian companies to build and operate nuclear plants in the Middle East, and export spent fuel from those plants. Cummings described the account in a letter Wednesday to the panel's Republican chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC.

In the letter, Mr. Cummings appeared to try to anticipate an argument that Mr. Gowdy might make - that he can not investigate the whistle-blower's claims as long as Mr. Flynn was still under investigation by Mr. Mueller's team.

Flynn's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment on the latest claims.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", the whistleblower claims Copson said. But it's not. Cummings provided hard evidence that he wants to form the basis of a subpoena created to uproot what really happened.

Cummings said he had found the unnamed informant to be "authentic, credible and reliable", and offered to produce the person for Gowdy.

It is alleged that while sitting a few yards away from the podium where President Trump was delivering his inaugural address on 20 January, Mr Flynn sent the texts to Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, a USA nuclear power consultancy. "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people".

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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.

The Trump administration did not roll back the sanctions.

Mr. Gowdy and Mr. Cummings have a long history of clashing publicly over politically charged investigations.

So what we have is a second-hand account of text messages allegedly sent by Michael Flynn.

The witness did not specify which sanctions Flynn was referring to in his texts. Mr. Copson confirmed in a letter to me on June 27, 2017, that his company paid the expenses for a trip General Flynn made to the Middle East in June 2015 to promote his project and provided a $25,000 check to compensate him for the "loss of income and business opportunities resulting from this trip". The whistleblower saw that the time stamp of the message was 12:11 pm, but did not read the text.

ACU Strategic Partners has declined comment or make Mr Copson available for an interview.

Flynn didn't reveal his relationship with ACU Strategic Partners until August after leaving it off previous government forms.

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