As Donald Trump delivered his presidential inaugural address last January, his national-security adviser Michael Flynn told a former business associate in text messages that a private plan to build nuclear reactors in the Mideast was "good to go" and that US sanctions hobbling the plan would soon be "ripped up", a whistleblower told congressional investigators.
Flynn had assured his former associate that US sanctions against Russian Federation would immediately be "ripped up" by the Trump administration, a move that would help facilitate the deal, the associate told the witness.
House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) showed no interest Wednesday in further investigating claims a whistleblower brought to the committee's Democrats about promises former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn allegedly made to a business associate about gutting Russian Federation sanctions that been hindering the associate's business project.
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.
Robert Kelner, an attorney representing Flynn, declined to comment.
The letter tells Gowdy it is hard to discern what happened because he would not subpoena Flynn, the White House, or Copson.
Cummings added: "They have now informed us that they have done so". "And if he wants to write me letters so you can ask me about it, and write a story, that's his prerogative, but the answer won't change". It gave Flynn a potential monetary incentive to get sanctions imposed on Russian Federation during the Obama administration lifted immediately.
On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a voluntary interview conducted only four days following his alleged text messages to Copson.More news: Gulf rulers boycotting Qatar skip annual summit
According to Cummings' letter, the witness said he met Alex Copson, Flynn's former business associate, at an inaugural event.
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.
The witness told Cummings and committee investigators that Copson shared a text message he had just received from Flynn, who was on stage at the Capitol during Trump's speech. According to this whistleblower, General Flynn reportedly sent a key communication on Inauguration Day indicating that the project was now "good to go" and directing his business colleagues to move forward.
"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson said, according to the whistleblower. 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 witness could not read the text, but he saw that the time stamp was 12:11 p.m., according to Cummings' letter.
The whistleblower was "extremely uncomfortable" with the situation, and made notes about it and Copson's name.
Flynn didn't reveal his relationship with ACU Strategic Partners until August after leaving it off previous government forms.
Cummings said he had found the unnamed informant to be "authentic, credible and reliable", and offered to produce the person for Gowdy.
The Wall Street Journal reported in September that while in the White House Flynn promoted a project that would involve building dozens of nuclear plants around the Middle East.