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

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A whistleblower has told House Democrats that during President Donald Trump's inauguration speech, national security adviser Michael Flynn texted a former business associate to say a private nuclear reactor plan Flynn had lobbied for would also have his support in the White House.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Wednesday that the whistleblower's allegations raise concerns that Flynn improperly aided the venture to build a Mideast network of nuclear plants with Russian and worldwide partners.

Flynn also informed the associate that his business partners could move forward with their project, which aimed to construct a network of nuclear reactors across the Mideast with support from Russian and other worldwide interests, the whistleblower said.

The revelation came from Rep Elijah Cummings and came via a whistleblower.

"These grave allegations compel a full, credible and bipartisan congressional investigation", Cummings wrote, according to the New York Times.

Minutes after Trump had been sworn in, Copson told the whistleblower that he had received a text message from Flynn saying that they were "good to go" and to contact his other partners to "let them know to put things in place".

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Michael Flynn reportedly told a business associate that the economic sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up".

Cummings said he had found the unnamed informant to be "authentic, credible and reliable", and offered to produce the person for Gowdy.

Throughout 2015, Flynn traveled multiple times to the Middle East to discuss the project with foreign government officials.

The White House referred inquiries to Trump's personal White House attorney, Ty Cobb, who declined to comment.

During the conversation, Mr. Copson told the whistle-blower that "this is the best day of my life" because it was "the start of something I've been working on for years, and we are good to go".

Copson did not respond to phone and email messages from ABC NEWS left at his home and with his attorney.

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Flynn, who served only 24 days as Trump's national security adviser, pleaded guilty last week to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents working for the special counsel Robert Mueller about his contacts with a senior Russian diplomat.

Cummings wrote: "The whistleblower was extremely uncomfortable with the conversation".

"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.

Flynn was involved in the Middle Eastern nuclear project from spring 2015 to the end of 2016, according to recent financial disclosure filings, a period that overlapped with his role as a prominent adviser to Trump's campaign and transition.

Attempts to reach Mr. Copson on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

"I do not bring this whistle-blower to your attention lightly", Cummings said.

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