Whistleblower: At inauguration, Flynn texted on nukes

Whistleblower: At inauguration, Flynn texted on nukes

In a letter from Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Cummings claims the whistleblower said Flynn messaged a former business colleague, whom he worked with on a project with Russian Federation to "build nuclear power plants in the Middle East", that the plan was "good to go" because the sanctions would be "ripped up" as one of Trump's first acts in office.

If true, the informant's story adds new evidence that the project's promoters believed that Flynn and Trump backed the plan for a consortium of US, Russian and French firms to build and operate 45 nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.

In the letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy, the panel's GOP chairman, Cummings demanded that Gowdy subpoena documents on the nuclear power plan from the White House, Flynn, Copson, their partners and associates, Reuters reported.

"I believe the American people want Congress to hold President Trump and his administration accountable", Cummings wrote, "and they are exhausted of Republicans in Congress putting their heads in the sand when faced with credible allegations of grave abuses".

As the president spoke, Flynn reportedly texted Copson that the nuclear project was "good to go", the witness said Copson told him.

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.

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. "This is going to make a lot of wealthy people".


Copson went on to say that "Mike has been putting everything in place", according to the letter. "I am going to celebrate today" Copson said, according to the whistle-blower.

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.

Neither Copson nor an attorney for ACU responded to a request for comment.

Attempts to reach Mr. Copson on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

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.

But in his interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation last January, 24, according to the Justice Department documents, Flynn lied when he said he did not ask Kislyak "to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russian Federation". 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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