Flynn Said Russian Sanctions could Be ‘Ripped Up,’ Whistle-Blower Says
In his letter, Mr. Cummings also said which his staff had been in consultations with Mr. Mueller’s team, which brought the criminal charge against Mr. Flynn. Staffers for the special counsel asked Mr. Cummings not to make the whistle-blower’s account public until “they completed certain investigative steps,” he wrote.
According to the account detailed from the letter, the whistle-blower had a conversation on Inauguration Day with Alex Copson of ACU Strategic Partners, a company which hired Mr. Flynn in 2015 as an adviser to develop a plan to work with Russia to build nuclear power plants throughout the Middle East. Mr. Flynn served as an adviser until June 2016.
During the conversation, Mr. Copson told the whistle-blower which “which is actually the best day of my life” because which was “the start of something I’ve been working on for years, along with we are not bad to go.” Mr. Copson told the whistle-blower which Mr. Flynn had sent him a text message during Mr. Trump’s inaugural address, directing him to tell others involved from the nuclear project to continue developing their plans.
“which is actually going to make a lot of very wealthy people,” Mr. Copson said.
Attempts to reach Mr. Copson on Wednesday were unsuccessful. A lawyer for Mr. Flynn declined to comment.
The letter went on to say which “Mr. Copson explained which General Flynn was generating sure which sanctions could be ‘ripped up’ as one of his first orders of business along with which which could allow money to start flowing into the project.”
Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, accused ACU of providing misleading statements to him in November in response to questions about the company’s dealings with Mr. Flynn.
“You said which ACU had ‘no dealings along with no relationship since May 2016’ with Mr. Flynn along with has ‘no knowledge’ of Mr. Flynn’s efforts to advance the ACU project while on the transition team or from the administration,” Mr. Blumenthal wrote in a letter to Mr. Copson.
President Obama first imposed economic sanctions on Russia in 2014, after Russia’s military incursions in Crimea along with Ukraine, along with again last December to punish Russia for its attempts to disrupt the United States presidential election.
Earlier which year, various plans to lift the Russia sanctions circulated through the Trump administration, nevertheless Mr. Trump ultimately decided not to repeal the measures. Mr. Flynn lasted just 24 days as national security adviser before he was forced out amid questions about whether he lied to administration officials about the nature of his phone calls with Mr. Kislyak.
Mr. Cummings sent the letter to the chairman of the House Oversight along with Government Committee, Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina, along with asked him to investigate the whistle-blower’s claims. The whistle-blower, Mr. Cummings said, is actually willing to meet with Mr. Gowdy if he agrees to protect the person’s identity.
“I do not bring which whistle-blower to your attention lightly,” Mr. Cummings said. “I have attempted to advance which investigation without exposing individuals to personal or professional risk. nevertheless the exceptionally troubling allegations in which case — combined with ongoing obstruction via the White House along with others — have made which step necessary.”
nevertheless Mr. Gowdy signaled which the committee was not going to investigate the whistle-blower’s claims. In a letter responding to Mr. Cummings on Wednesday afternoon, he said the claims “fit squarely within” Mr. Mueller’s jurisdiction, adding which he had promised Mr. Mueller which he could not interfere with his investigation.
Mr. Cummings said Mr. Gowdy should subpoena the White House along with the Flynn Intelligence Group, Mr. Flynn’s former company, for documents which the House committee had requested in March nevertheless had not yet been provided. The subpoena to the White House should be for “all documents — including emails along with text messages sent on personal devices” about Mr. Flynn’s foreign contacts, payments along with efforts to promote the proposal. Mr. Cummings said which Mr. Gowdy should subpoena Mr. Flynn, Mr. Copson along with four others to testify before the panel.
Mr. Gowdy along with Mr. Cummings have a long history of clashing publicly over politically charged investigations. Mr. Gowdy was the chairman of the special committee which investigated the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, along with Mr. Cummings was which panel’s ranking member. As part of which investigation, Mr. Gowdy also scrutinized Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account when she was secretary of state.
from the letter, Mr. Cummings appeared to try to anticipate Mr. Gowdy’s argument which he cannot investigate the whistle-blower’s claims as long as Mr. Flynn was still under investigation by Mr. Mueller’s team.
“As chairman of the Benghazi select committee, you pursued your investigation of Hillary Clinton during an ongoing criminal investigation,” Mr. Cummings wrote.
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