Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, texted a former business partner during Trump's inauguration in January saying that sanctions against Russian Federation were about to be "ripped up", according to a United States congressman.
'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, ' wrote Cummings, Politico reported in a story on the letter.
The whistleblower, who provided his account to Cummings in June, said he was with Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, a key Flynn ally on the nuclear project, on January 20, Inauguration Day. According to this whistleblower, General Flynn reportedly sent a key communication on Inauguration Day indicating that the project was now "good to go" and directing his business colleagues to move forward. He said Flynn did not cash the check, however.
He added, "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people".
"Our committee has credible allegations that President Trump's national security adviser sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners", Cummings said. The whistleblower came to Cummings in June, he writes in the letter, but the congressman kept quiet about the claims at the request of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
"I do not bring this whistle-blower to your attention lightly", Cummings said.
Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general and former high-ranking intelligence officer, pleaded guilty last week to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his discussions with the then-Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, about the sanctions that day after they were imposed.
Cummings said he had found the unnamed informant to be "authentic, credible and reliable", and offered to produce the person for Gowdy.
Mr. Gowdy and Mr. Cummings have a long history of clashing publicly over politically charged investigations. 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. The witness could not read the text, but he saw that the time stamp was 12:11 p.m., according Cummings's letter.
Copson told the whistle-blower that Flynn was making sure the sanctions would be ripped up, which would allow money to start flowing into the project.
Cummings' five-page letter to Gowdy calls for a slew of new subpoeanas and castigates the committee chairman for his "refusal to investigate".
Based on the witness's account, Mr Cummings requested that Mr Gowdy issue subpoenas to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly - as a custodian of White House records - Flynn, Michael Flynn Jr, the Flynn Intel Group, Mr Copson, and others, for e-mails, text messages and other documents related to Flynn's foreign contacts and payments.
The letter was written to the new Oversight Committee chair, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC.