A leading House Democrat revealed Wednesday he was approached by a whistleblower who said a businessman received a text from Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn on January 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm - as the newly sworn President Donald Trump was giving his inaugural address - indicating that a lucrative nuclear energy plan they had been developing with Russian partners was "Good to go".
President Donald Trump 's former national security advisor Michael Flynn told a business associate that he would make sure economic sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up" as one of his first orders of business in the White House, a whistleblower told congressional investigators.
The information suggested that Flynn "sought to manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners", Cummings wrote.
Copson is the managing partner of ACU, a company that had funded a 2015 trip Flynn took the Middle East that he failed to disclose on security clearance forms.
The new details suggest that Flynn sought to help the nuclear deal proceed after he joined the White House. The memo was intended for Trump to sign, though there's no indication the President saw it, the Journal reported. He said Flynn did not cash the check, however.
Cummings said he had found the unnamed informant to be "authentic, credible and reliable", and offered to produce the person for Gowdy.
Flynn pleaded guilty to a charge in the criminal investigation into Russian collusion last week. Robert Kelner, an attorney representing Flynn, declined to comment. "I couldn't be better".
"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson said, according to the whistleblower. He added, "This is the start of something I have been working on for years, and we are good to go".
"This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people", the associate, Alex Copson, told the whistleblower on inauguration day, according to the whistleblower's account to the Democrats.
"Mr. Copson explained [to the whistleblower] that General Flynn was making sure that sanctions would be 'ripped up", Cummings wrote. The administration has not lifted sanctions on Russian Federation.
Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his discussions with the Russian ambassador about sanctions during the transition.
Only three weeks earlier, Russian Federation sanctions had been expanded by the outgoing Obama administration to punish Moscow for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Cummings also asked Gowdy to subpoena several of Flynn's business partners, related companies and other administration officials.
Cummings said the individual contacted his office and authorized him to make his account, but not his name, public.
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. Before Gowdy was House Oversight chair, Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah led the committee.