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Trump aid Michael Flynn planned to 'rip up' Russian Federation sanctions, says whistleblower

Trump aid Michael Flynn planned to 'rip up' Russian Federation sanctions, says whistleblower

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.

In June, Newsweek revealed that while he was an adviser to Trump, Flynn had done work for a consortium led by Copson and former senior US military officials to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East in a partnership with a Russian state-owned energy contractor.

The revelation came from Rep Elijah Cummings and came via a whistleblower. "These grave allegations compel a full, credible, and bipartisan congressional investigation", Cummings wrote in the letter addressed to committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).

A spokesperson for Gowdy's office did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday, nor did the lawyer who represents ACU Strategic Partners.

Copson then told the whistleblower that Flynn "has been putting everything in place for us" and that the project would "make a lot of very wealthy people". Copson is the managing director of ACU Strategic Partners, a Washington-based company that Flynn said he advised from April 2015 through June 2016, according to a financial disclosure he filed this August. That agreement made no mention of Flynn's consulting work for companies pursuing a controversial nuclear power project in the Middle East that involved Russian participation.

The whistleblower told Democrats that the associate had been informed by Flynn that the project was "good to go" and that the sanctions would be "ripped up".

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about calls he had with the Russian ambassador about sanctions and the United Nations vote at the request of Trump campaign officials.

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

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn told a former business associate "within minutes" of President Donald Trump being sworn in on Inauguration Day that economic sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up" once Trump gets into office, according to a whistleblower.

Copson showed the witness the text on his phone.

The letter says Flynn blamed Obama for having 'f***** everything up in my nuclear deal with the sanctions'. He was ousted as national security advisor after only 24 days on the job.

Mr Cummings said the source was "authentic, credible, and reliable", and offered to introduce the individual to Mr Gowdy.

Flynn pleaded guilty to a charge in the criminal investigation into Russian collusion last week. Cummings said his office could not verify the whistleblower's story, and whether Copson was telling the whistleblower the truth, without subpoenaed documents. Flynn, a retired US Army lieutenant general, pleaded guilty in federal court last week to one count of making false statements to the FBI and is now a cooperating witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible coordination between Trump's campaign and Russian intermediaries during the 2016 election.


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