Rep. Elijah Cummings, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, has released a letter he sent to the chair of that committee about new allegations from a whistleblower who says that Michael Flynn had promised to get rid of the Russian sanctions early in the Trump administration, giving the green light to building nuclear power plants all over the Middle East, a project for which he was being paid.
Sanctions on Russia were to be “ripped up” early in the Trump administration, then-national security adviser Mike Flynn said on Inauguration Day, according to new information released Wednesday.
The new details suggest that President Trump and his aides not only were amenable to new negotiations with Russia about its bilateral relationship with the U.S — despite its attack on the 2016 presidential election — but had concluded by the time they took office that they would definitely void existing sanctions…
“Our committee has credible allegations that President Trump’s national security adviser sought to manipulate the course of international nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners,” Cummings wrote. “These grave allegations compel a full, credible and bipartisan congressional investigation.”…Flynn’s partner, Alex Copson, was ebullient, according to Cummings. Copson told the whistleblower that Flynn had assured him sanctions on Russia would be “ripped up” and a vast nuclear power scheme they had worked on together would be clear to go forward. A lot of people were going to be rich, Copson said, in this account.
A Russian company was one of the partners in the nuclear power project, then being proposed for 40 sites throughout the Middle East. Flynn was hired to help promote the project and he did so even after being named Trump’s national security advisor. He and his partners stood to make a ton of money from the deal, but it would require that the sanctions on Russia be lifted so American businesses could work with Russian businesses on the project. It’s a pretty clear case of corruption, manipulating public policy for private gain.
According to this whistleblower, Flynn sent a message on, or just before, inauguration day in January to the partners in the nuclear project telling them that those sanctions would soon be lifted and they were “good to go” and they should start to “put things in place” to make it a reality. So in addition to the oil profits that lifting the sanctions would provide, there was also this nuclear power project that compelled them to want to eliminate the sanctions that had just been placed on Russia for their interference in our election and their actions in Ukraine.