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Michael Flynn Vowed to End Russia Sanctions, According to Whistleblower

06 December 2017, 10:23 | Taylor George

Michael Flynn appears to look at his phone during President Trump's inauguration ceremony. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Image Michael Flynn appears to look at his phone during President Trump's inauguration ceremony

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.

The whistleblower alleged that the businessman boasted about the contents of the text from Flynn, calling it "the best day of my life", according to a detailed account of the alleged incident laid out in a letter from Rep. It was just 11 minutes into Trump's speech when Copson showed the whistleblower a text message from Flynn that discussed a joint partnership between the US and Russian Federation regarding the energy sector in the Middle East, according to the letter. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight committee, to Chairman Trey Gowdy, a Republican, and shared with ABC News. "These grave allegations compel a full, credible, and bipartisan congressional investigation".

On Inauguration Day, Flynn apparently texted Copson that the power plant venture was "good to go", according to the whistleblower. Flynn also reportedly promised that sanctions on Russian Federation would be "ripped up", allowing the deal to move forward.

Cummings said the whistleblower, whom he did not identify in the letter, "fears retaliation", but would speak with Gowdy if he agrees to protect the whistleblower's identity.

In their letter, the Democrats accused Flynn, who was forced to resign in February over his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, of violating federal law by failing to disclose a trip he took to the Middle East in June 2015 on behalf of the lead company in the nuclear energy project, as well as his contacts with foreign officials.

Reached Wednesday, Flynn's attorney declined to comment.

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"This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people", Mr. Copson said.

Attorneys for Flynn and Copson did not immediately return email and phone requests for comment. "I am going to celebrate today".

The whistleblower noted the time of the message, 12:11 pm-during Trump's inaugural speech, but didn't read the content. Copson told the whistleblower, "Mike has been putting everything in place for us".

While Flynn's agreement last week to plead guilty and cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation largely insulates the retired lieutenant general from further legal jeopardy, the whistleblower's allegations raise new concerns about the extent to which Flynn may have blurred his private and public interests during his brief stint inside the White House.

Copson had promoted a succession of nuclear projects created to include Russian participation dating back to the 1990s. Rep. Cummings' letter concludes with a request that subpoenas be issued to Copson, Flynn and several others requiring them to "appear for depositions".

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