Whistleblower alleges Flynn texted about Russian Federation nuclear deal during inauguration, congressman says

Whistleblower alleges Flynn texted about Russian Federation nuclear deal during inauguration, congressman says

Whistleblower alleges Flynn texted about Russian Federation nuclear deal during inauguration, congressman says

As President Trump delivered his inaugural address, national security adviser Michael Flynn texted a former business partner that a private nuclear power project that would require lifting sanctions on Russian Federation was "good to go", a senior House Democrat said in a letter released Wednesday.

The claims are detailed in a letter by Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on the House oversight committee.

Flynn attempted to "manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his business partners", and assured a business partner the U.S. would relax sanctions once he worked in Trump's White House, Cummings wrote to House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina.

The Trump administration did not roll back the sanctions.

The business colleague who texted with Flynn later recounted that he also suggested sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up" as one of the administration's first acts, according to the whistleblower.

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 United States nuclear power consultancy.

Prosecutors "asked my office to hold on the public release of this information until they completed certain investigative steps", Cummings wrote.

The White House aide was said to have been referring to plans by a consortium of US, Russian and French companies to build and operate 45 nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.

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"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", the businessman, Alex Copson, managing director of nuclear power promoter ACU Strategic Partners, allegedly told the whistleblower.

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.

Cummings added: "They have now informed us that they have done so".

Gowdy did not immediately respond to requests for comment. He was ousted as national security advisor after only 24 days on the job.

Mr Flynn was a consultant to the firm for 14 months from 2015-16, according to amended financial disclosure forms he filed in August this year. 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.

The whistleblower is not named in the five-page letter that Cummings shared with ABC News on Wednesday, and is unlikely to identify him or herself, fearing retaliation. The whistleblower isn't named, but Cummings promised in the letter to share the person's identity with Gowdy if it remains confidential and Gowdy agrees to speak with the whistleblower.

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.

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