Trump's former national security adviser told a business associate that US sanctions imposed on Russian Federation would be "ripped up" by the new administration, according to a whistleblower account made public Wednesday in a letter written by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings.
Cummings did not identify the witness, whom he described as a whistleblower.
The project in question - promoted by a group of former senior United States military officers, and often described as a "Marshall Plan" of sorts - would involve U.S. companies working with Russian companies to build and operate nuclear plants in the Middle East, and export spent fuel from those plants.
Flynn pleaded guilty last week to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the nature of his conversations with former Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Congress later passed a bipartisan measure that placed new sanctions on Russian Federation, a bill that Trump reluctantly signed in August.
Gowdy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
"At this event, the whistleblower met Alex Copson", Cummings wrote.
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According to the account, the unnamed whistleblower ran into Copson at a party in Washington, D.C. on inauguration day.
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 witness did not specify which sanctions Flynn was referring to in his texts.
During their conversation, Mr. Copson informed the whistleblower that he "just got this text message" from General Flynn that the project was "good to go" and directing Mr. Copson to contact their business colleagues to "let them know to put things in place".
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". The witness could not read the text, but he saw that the time stamp was 12:11 p.m., according Cummings's letter.
Copson, according to the whistleblower, said Obama's sanctions had "f**ked everything up in my nuclear deal with the sanctions".
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"These grave allegations compel a full, credible, and bipartisan congressional investigation", Mr Cummings wrote in the letter to Mr Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, which outlines the information provided by the whistle-blower.
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"Although this individual was extremely hesitant to come forward - and still fears retaliation - the whistleblower has made a decision to do so now because this individual feels duty bound as a citizen to make this disclosure", he wrote.
Cummings wrote that Mueller's office had asked him to hold back the information until "they completed certain investigative steps" - which apparently have now been concluded.
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.
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