Flynn told associate Russia sanctions would be ‘ripped up’ early in Trump presidency

Flynn told associate Russia sanctions would be ‘ripped up’ early in Trump presidency
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President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn told a former business associate that sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up” early in the new presidency, according to a whistle-blower’s account made public on Wednesday.

Within minutes of Trump’s inauguration in January, Flynn informed his former associate that the plan to work with Russia to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East was “good to go,” because Flynn was ensuring the sanctions would be “ripped up” as one of Trump’s first orders of business.

The whistleblower's account is detailed in a letter from Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHillicon Valley: Trump denies Russian meddling at presser with Putin | Republicans join in criticism of Trump | FCC chief rejects Sinclair-Tribune merger | Uber faces probe over gender discrimination | Social media execs headed to Capitol Overnight Energy: Koch backs bill opposing carbon taxes | Lawmakers look to Interior budget to block offshore drilling | EPA defends FOIA process Indictments show the need for Mueller investigation to continue MORE (D-Md.), which he sent to Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyRyan: 'The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally' Gowdy rules out Rosenstein impeachment Russians' indictment casts shadow ahead of Trump-Putin summit MORE (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The account was first reported by The New York Times

The whistleblower contacted Cummings’s office in June, and gave the congressman permission to share his account as part of the committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The individual met with Alex Copson on Inauguration Day. Copson was working with Flynn to promote a joint project with Russia to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East.  

Copson told the whistleblower that Flynn was making sure the sanctions would be ripped up, which would allow money to start flowing into the project.  

“Mike has been putting everything in place for us. I am going to celebrate today,” Copson said, according to the whistleblower. “This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people.”  

Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, concluded his letter by asking Gowdy to issue subpoenas to Flynn, Flynn’s son, Copson, White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and others. 

Former President Obama imposed economic sanctions on Russia in 2014, and issued further sanctions for the country’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Trump signed the Russia sanctions bill into law at the start of August after Congress passed it with a veto-proof majority, though the president called the bill “seriously flawed.”