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Whistleblower: Flynn Vowed to Nullify Obama's Russia Sanctions

Whistleblower: Flynn Vowed to Nullify Obama's Russia Sanctions
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 December 2017 03:24 PM

President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn once boasted economic sanctions against Russia imposed by President Barack Obama would be "ripped up" as one of the Trump administration's first orders of business, a whistleblower has told the House Oversight Committee.

Flynn, who last week pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian official, also believed the lifted sanctions would help move ahead a stalled business deal he had been involved with at one time involving the building of nuclear power plants, according to the whistleblower.

In fact, on Inauguration Day, Flynn allegedly texted his former business associate on the nuclear project to declare it was "good to go."

The bombshell revelations are contained in a lengthy letter written by Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, and sent to committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy. Cummings asked Gowdy to probe the charges.

"Based on the information provided by this whistleblower – and other information we have uncovered – I request that the committee issue a subpoena to compel the White House to produce all of the documents it is currently withholding relating to Gen. Flynn that our committee requested on a bipartisan basis in March," Cummings wrote.

"These grave allegations compel a full, credible, and bipartisan congressional investigation," he said, adding the whistleblower will meet with Gowdy if his identity is kept secret.

"I have attempted to advance this investigation without exposing individuals to personal or professional risk. But the exceptionally troubling allegations in this case — combined with ongoing obstruction from the White House and others — have made this step necessary."

Flynn is one of four Trump associates charged with crimes by FBI special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia's interference with the 2017 presidential race and whether there was collusion by the Trump campaign.

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A whistleblower told the House Oversight Committee that President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn once boasted economic sanctions against Russia imposed by President Barack Obama would be "ripped up" as a first order of business.
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