Michael Flynn sent a text to a business partner as President Donald Trump was delivering his inaugural address last January that a joint plan between Russian Federation and Flynn's business allies to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East was "good to go".
The account is from a whistleblower made public for the first time today.
The allegation posed new troubles for Flynn, who left the White House after barely three weeks and pleaded guilty last week to lying to FBI investigators in the Russian Federation election meddling probe.
As the whistleblower chatted with Flynn's associate during an Inauguration Day celebration on January 20, Flynn sent texts saying the associate's nuclear proposal was "good to go", the whistleblower said. The Wall Street Journal reported in September that despite records showing Flynn's work on the project ended in December 2016, Flynn continued promoting the plan to colleagues inside the White House.
One of them, a proposed venture to help Middle Eastern nations build nuclear power plants with assistance from Russian Federation and the USA, garnered significant press attention. The administration has not lifted sanctions on Russian Federation.
The whistle-blower's account is detailed in a letter from Rep. Flynn reportedly began circulating the plan to top White House officials within days of the inauguration, but it never went anywhere.
Cummings said he had spoken to the witness and called the account a "credible" allegation that Flynn "sought to manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners". Cummings said he believes Republican leaders of the Oversight Committee should approve a subpoena so they can "pursue these allegations against General Flynn in a responsible way".
Cummings said he had found the unnamed informant to be "authentic, credible and reliable", and offered to produce the person for Gowdy. He said the witness said Copson showed him texts on his phone that Copson said were from Flynn, but that the witness didn't read them and later took notes on their conversation.
"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Mr Copson allegedly told the whistleblower, Mr Cummings wrote. Copson added that "this is going to make a lot of very wealthy people".
President Donald Trump and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
His lawyer, Robert Kelner, declined to comment for this story.
The whistleblower came forward this summer and spoke to the committee about attending an inauguration party and meeting Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners. Once Flynn started at the White House, federal regulations prohibited him from working on any matter he served as a "consultant" on during the previous year, according to the Office of Government Ethics.
"I believe the American people want Congress to hold President Trump and his administration accountable", Cummings wrote, "and they are exhausted of Republicans in Congress putting their heads in the sand when faced with credible allegations of grave abuses".
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