Michael Flynn said Russian Federation sanctions would be 'ripped up'

Frederick Owens
December 8, 2017

"She was sitting at an event, and they met [Alex] Cobson, who, of course, was a business associate of Gen. Flynn at one time, and he began to just talk to her about these things, and that's how she came to us".

Before joining the Trump campaign, "Flynn had worked on a business venture to partner with Russian Federation to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East until June 2016, but remained close with the people involved afterward", The New York Times.

"Our Committee has credible allegations that President Trump's National Security Advisor sought to manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners", Cummings wrote.

Mr Gowdy, in a written response later on Wednesday to Mr Cummings, panned the idea of the Oversight Committee doing its own investigation into what the whistle-blower has to say.

Gowdy did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC. 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.

On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about conversations he had in December 2016 with the Russian ambassador to the United States about the sanctions, among other topics. Cummings wrote that an "authentic, credible, and reliable" source had brought him information regarding the retired Army lieutenant general.

Copson told the whistle-blower that Flynn was making sure the sanctions would be ripped up, which would allow money to start flowing into the project.

He greeted Mr Copson at the event, and asked how he was doing.

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Today, I am writing to inform you about a whistleblower who has come forward with evidence that Lt. Given the seriousness of the charge and the person making it, if the committee isn't going to issue a subpoena, Robert Mueller nearly certainly will.

As the whistleblower chatted with Flynn's associate during an Inauguration Day celebration on January 20, Flynn sent texts saying the associate's nuclear proposal was "good to go", the whistleblower said. The subpoena to the White House should be for "all documents - including emails and text messages sent on personal devices" about Mr. Flynn's foreign contacts, payments and efforts to promote the proposal.

The whistle-blower recalled the time stamp because it was during Mr Trump's address.

"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson said, according to the whistleblower.

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.

The House Democrat called for subpoenas to be issued to White House chief of staff John Kelly, Flynn, Copson and others.

"I believe our committee can and should pursue these allegations against General Flynn in a responsible way in consultation with the special counsel's office", he wrote.

"Congress doesn't investigate a crime, and I've had that conversation with Mr. Cummings, and we had it privately", he added.

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