Flynn told a business associate Russian sanctions would be 'ripped up'

  • Flynn told a business associate Russian sanctions would be 'ripped up'

Flynn told a business associate Russian sanctions would be 'ripped up'

"Mr. Copson explained that General Flynn was making sure that sanctions would be "ripped up" as one of his first orders of business and that this would allow money to start flowing into the project", Cummings wrote.

As Trump delivered his inaugural address, says the unnamed whistleblower, Flynn directed Alex Copson, managing director of ACU Strategic Partners, to inform their business partners "to put things in place".

"Our Committee has credible allegations that President Trump's National Security Advisor sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners", Cummings wrote.

Cummings did not identify the witness, whom he described as a whistleblower.

Cummings' five-page letter to Gowdy calls for a slew of new subpoeanas and castigates the committee chairman for his "refusal to investigate".

Trump Jr. spoke to the committee behind closed doors Wednesday.

Gowdy did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC. He said Flynn did not cash the check, however.

Flynn, who pleaded guilty last week to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was communicating with former business associates "within minutes" of Trump's inauguration, according to the letter - reassuring them Russian investments would soon be available as the Trump administration lifted sanctions.

In Flynn's agreement last week to plead guilty to one count of making false statements, prosecutors said that Flynn lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his discussions on sanctions against Russia with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition.

House Oversight Democrats have already consulted with Mr Mueller about the whistle-blower.

Cummings said the individual contacted his office and authorized him to make his account, but not his name, public.

Now, Mr Cummings wrote, he and his colleagues have been authorised to to go public with the information.

Cumming also noted the congressional probe into Hillary Clinton's role in an Obama-era Uranium One deal that Gowdy is spearheading- a probe that was recently announced after Republicans said they had found a new informant.

Copson, who had previously employed Flynn to advise on the deal to build nuclear power plants with Russian Federation, told the whistleblower that it was the "best day of my life".

He greeted Mr Copson at the event, and asked how he was doing.

"I do not bring this whistle-blower to your attention lightly", Cummings said. He added, "This is going to make a lot of people very wealthy".

Copson showed the witness the text on his phone.

According to the whistleblower, Copson said, "Mike has been putting everything in place for us".

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. Copson was working at the time with Flynn on a project to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East, and Flynn reported in August that he served as an "advisor" to Copson's company between 2015-2016.

Mr Copson couldn't be located for comment. Now Cummings wants to look into the matter.

"I believe our committee can and should pursue these allegations against General Flynn in a responsible way in consultation with the special counsel's office", he wrote.