President Donald Trump’s disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn told a former business associate that sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up” within minutes of Trump’s inauguration, The New York Times reports.
According to the report, Flynn believed that ending the sanctions would allow a business project he had pushed for to proceed, according to a whistleblower.
“The account is 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 Russia,” The Times reports.
Flynn had worked on a business project that would partner with Russia to build nuclear plants throughout the Middle East.
According to the whistleblower, Flynn texted his former business colleague on the day of Trump’s Inauguration that the deal was “good to go.”
The allegations were revealed in a letter by Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.
“These grave allegations compel a full, credible and bipartisan congressional investigation,” Cummings wrote.
Cummings said that Flynn’s business associate said “that General Flynn was making sure that sanctions would be ‘ripped up’ as one of his first orders of business and that this would allow money to start flowing into the project.”
“I do not bring this whistle-blower to your attention lightly,” Cummings wrote. “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.”
Here's the full Elijah Cummings letter detailing a whistleblower's account that Michael Flynn told an associate that Russia sanctions would be "ripped up" early in the Trump presidency https://t.co/edz7QSP2gM (via NYT) pic.twitter.com/RTpYp63GmI
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