Staff Writer JaxGay.com
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn assured a business associate that economic sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up” as one of the Trump administration’s first orders of business, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
Flynn reportedly thought the repeal of sanctions would help a business project he was once worked on with Russia, according to a whistleblower, suggesting the former White House staffer had personal incentive for a closer U.S.-Russia relationship.
Flynn texted Alex Copson of ACU Strategic Partners on Inauguration Day that a project to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East with Russia was “good to go.” “This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people,” Copson replied.
The account is detailed in a letter written by Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. In the letter, Mr. Cummings said that the whistle-blower contacted his office in June and has authorized him to go public with the details. He did not name the whistle-blower.
Mr. Flynn has been under investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russia’s attempts to disrupt last year’s election, for calls he made last December to Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States at the time. Mr. Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about the nature of his calls, during which the men discussed the sanctions that the Obama administration had just imposed on Russia.