Whistleblower: At inauguration, Flynn texted on nuclear plan

Whistleblower: At inauguration, Flynn texted on nuclear plan

Cummings also said the whistleblower quoted a business associate of Flynn as saying the economic sanctions against Russian Federation imposed by former President Barack Obama would be "ripped up" as Flynn's first order of business as Trump's national security adviser.

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".

"During their conversation, Mr. Copson informed the whistleblower that he "just got this text message" from General Flynn saying that the project - "involving a joint partnership between the United States and Russian Federation relating to the energy sector in the Middle East" - was "good to go".

Mr. Cummings sent the letter to the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Committee, Trey Gowdy, Republican of SC, and asked him to investigate the whistle-blower's claims.

"These grave allegations compel a full, credible and bipartisan congressional investigation", Cummings wrote, according to the New York Times.

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.

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He then allegedly told the whistleblower that Flynn assured him economic sanctions placed on Russia by then-President Barack Obama ― in retaliation for Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election ― would be "ripped up". ACU was pushing a nuclear project in the Middle East that Flynn is said to have lobbied for while in the White House.

Reached Wednesday, Flynn's attorney declined to comment.

Neither Copson nor an attorney for ACU responded to a request for comment. "I am going to celebrate today", and added, according to the whistleblower: "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people".

The whistleblower said Copson showed him his phone with Flynn's text message; it was sent at 12:11 p.m., about 10 minutes into Trump's inaugural speech.

Gowdy has not responded to requests from ABC NEWS for comment. Prosecutors "asked my office to hold on the public release of this information until they completed certain investigative steps", Cummings wrote.

Copson went on to say that "Mike has been putting everything in place", according to the letter. Flynn said on a federal filing that he served as an advisor to the company between April 2015 and June 2016. Cummings said he believes Republican leaders of the Oversight Committee should approve a subpoena so they can "pursue these allegations against General Flynn in a responsible way". "I have spoken to this whistleblower, and I find this person to be authentic, credible, and reliable", Cummings wrote.

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