In a letter from Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Cummings claims the whistleblower said Flynn messaged a former business colleague, whom he worked with on a project with Russian Federation to "build nuclear power plants in the Middle East", that the plan was "good to go" because the sanctions would be "ripped up" as one of Trump's first acts in office.
The former National Security Advisor specifically told his colleague that the sanctions would be "ripped up," according to a new account given to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) by a whistleblower.
The Wall Street Journal reported in September that while in the White House Flynn promoted a project that would involve building dozens of nuclear plants around the Middle East.
"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".
As the whistleblower chatted with Flynn's associate at an Inauguration Day celebration on January 20, Flynn sent text messages saying the associate's nuclear proposal was "good to go", the whistleblower said.
The whistleblower told Democrats that the associate had been informed by Flynn that the project was "good to go" and that the sanctions would be "ripped up". Cummings wrote that an "authentic, credible, and reliable" source had brought him information regarding the retired Army lieutenant general.
Throughout 2015, Flynn traveled multiple times to the Middle East to discuss the project with foreign government officials.
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Gowdy, Copson and ACU did not immediately respond to detailed requests for comment, while an attorney for Flynn declined to comment.
On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about conversations he had in December 2016 with the Russian ambassador to the United States about the sanctions, among other topics. The letter asks that the committee issue subpoenas for Flynn-related documents the committee requested on a bipartisan basis in March. He added, "This is the start of something I have been working on for years, and we are good to go".
Reuters last week published documents that showed Copson and other plan proponents believed they had Flynn and Trump in their corner.
The whistleblower took note of the time stamp on the text on Copson's phone, which was 12:11 p.m. "Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson then reportedly said.
"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.
Copson had promoted a succession of nuclear projects created to include Russian participation dating back to the 1990s.