Whistleblower To Dems: Flynn Promised Biz Associate He'd Gut Russia Sanctions

Frederick Owens
December 7, 2017

On President Donald Trump's Inauguration Day, a former business parter of incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn allegedly bragged that Flynn told him Trump would quickly lift USA sanctions on Russia - a move that would pave the way for a controversial plan to build nuclear plants across the Middle East, with Russian help.

Flynn also informed the associate that his business partners could move forward with their project, which aimed to construct a network of nuclear reactors across the Mideast with support from Russian and other worldwide interests, the whistleblower said.

On Inauguration Day, according to the letter, the whistleblower met with an individual who was working with Flynn to promote a project with Russia, Alex Copson, who told the whistleblower that Flynn would ensure the sanctions would be removed, paving the way for the project to continue.

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

According to the account, the unnamed whistleblower ran into Copson at a party in Washington, D.C. on inauguration day.

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. The whistleblower said during a conversation, Copson described his messages with Flynn and briefly flashed one of the texts, which appeared to have been sent 10 minutes after Trump began speaking.

Michael Flynn reportedly told a business associate that the economic sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up".

The allegations posed new troubles for Flynn, who left the White House last February after barely three weeks and pleaded guilty last week to lying to FBI investigators in the Russian Federation election meddling probe.

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The ACU plan involved some two dozen nuclear power plants around the Middle East, to be developed jointly by the United States and Russian Federation.

Reached Wednesday, Flynn's attorney declined to comment.

Copson allegedly told those around him that "Mike [Flynn] has been putting everything in place for us". The investigators are searching for further evidence that Flynn lobbied from his government job as National Security Advisor for associates who had retained his consulting firm before the election. Cummings said he believes Republican leaders of the Oversight Committee should approve a subpoena so they can "pursue these allegations against General Flynn in a responsible way".

Cummings has argued that the Flynn plea deal should alleviate that concern.

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

The whistleblower was "extremely uncomfortable" with the situation, and made notes about it and Copson's name. Prosecutors "asked my office to hold on the public release of this information until they completed certain investigative steps", Cummings wrote.

Flynn was involved in the Middle Eastern nuclear project from spring 2015 to the end of 2016, according to recent financial disclosure filings, a period that overlapped with his role as a prominent adviser to Trump's campaign and transition.

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