Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Rep. Cummings: Flynn Whistleblower a 'Very Credible' Witness

Rep. Cummings: Flynn Whistleblower a 'Very Credible' Witness

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.

'Our committee has credible allegations that President Trump's National Security Advisor sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners, ' wrote Cummings, Politico reported in a story on the letter.

The whistleblower also says that Flynn assured Copson that USA sanctions on Russian Federation that could block the nuclear project would be "ripped up" once Trump was inside the White House.

Cummings this week wrote a letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, to ask that the whistleblower's claims be fully investigated.

Neither Gowdy nor Flynn's attorney, Robert Kelner, responded immediately to a request for comment. He added, "This is going to make a lot of people very wealthy".

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Cummings did not name the whistleblower in the letter, but offered to have Gowdy speak with the person directly.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson reportedly told the whistleblower. He didn't divulge the relationship until the third version of his financial disclosure report, required of White House employees, which he filed in August.

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

Minutes after Trump had been sworn in, Copson told the whistleblower that he had received a text message from Flynn saying that they were "good to go" and to contact his other partners to "let them know to put things in place".

Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general and former high-ranking intelligence officer, pleaded guilty last week to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his discussions with the then-Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, about the sanctions that day after they were imposed. If this is true, then we have a crystal-clear example of a high-level Trump administration official easing sanctions on Russian Federation in order to enrich himself. 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".

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Cummings' five-page letter to Gowdy calls for a slew of new subpoeanas and castigates the committee chairman for his "refusal to investigate".

"I do not bring this whistle-blower to your attention lightly", Cummings said.

Mr Copson explained that Flynn was making sure that sanctions were going to be "ripped up" as one of the first orders of business and this would allow money to start flowing to the project.

Flynn, who pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, did consulting work with the form as part of a deal to build nuclear reactors across the middle east.

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