Gowdy Rebuffs Dem Request To Probe Whistleblower's Mike Flynn Claims

Flynn texted partners about nuclear plan during inauguration, whistleblower says

"The White House has not sent us one syllable. basically the Republicans have done everything in their power to make sure that we don't pursue this and get the information we want", Cummings said.

A lawyer for Mr Flynn, who was sacked after only 24 days as Mr Trump's national security adviser, declined to comment.

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.

The letter says Flynn blamed Obama for having 'f***** everything up in my nuclear deal with the sanctions'.

According to Mr Cummings's letter to Mr Gowdy, Mr Copson then told the whistle-blower, "Mike has been putting everything in place for us".

The whistleblower told House Democrats that while Trump spoke at his inauguration, Flynn texted from his seat on the Capitol steps to Alex Copson, the managing director of ACU Strategic Partners and the nuclear project's main promoter.

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 global interests, the whistleblower said.

The New York Times was first to report the letter on Wednesday, claiming it represents "the strongest evidence to date that the Trump administration wanted to end the sanctions immediately, and suggests that Mr. Flynn had a possible economic incentive for the United States to forge a closer relationship with Russian Federation". If this is true, then we have a crystal-clear example of a high-level Trump administration official easing sanctions on Russian Federation in order to enrich himself.

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The revelation came from Rep Elijah Cummings and came via a whistleblower. Mr. Flynn lasted just 24 days as national security adviser before he was forced out amid questions about whether he lied to administration officials about the nature of his phone calls with Mr. Kislyak.

These grave allegations compel a full, credible, and bipartisan congressional investigation, ' Cummings wrote.

Mr Michael Conaway, who is leading the House Intelligence probe, declined to comment on Wednesday, saying he didn't yet know enough about the matter.

With the clearance of Mueller's office, Cummings writes that he's now making the whistleblower's story public.

He also said he finds the whistle-blower to be "authentic, credible and reliable", and someone who has come forward even though he fears retaliation because "he feels duty bound as a citizen to make this disclosure". Given the seriousness of the charge and the person making it, if the committee isn't going to issue a subpoena, Robert Mueller nearly certainly will.

Alex Copson, the managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, received texts from Flynn during Trump's inauguration January 20 saying the deal was "good to go", according to Cummings.

Mr Copson couldn't be located for comment.

Flynn had worked as a consultant for ACU Strategic Partners, the group pushing the proposed nuclear deal, in 2015 and 2016.

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