As President Trump delivered his inaugural address, national security adviser Michael Flynn texted a former business partner that a private nuclear power project that would require lifting sanctions on Russian Federation was "good to go", a senior House Democrat said in a letter released Wednesday.
The allegation - which suggests the Trump administration was eager to lift sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama and that Flynn may have blurred his public and private roles during his brief run at the White House - was outlined in a letter Cummings sent to Rep.
The Maryland Democrat said he considered "credible" the allegations that Flynn "sought to manipulate the course of worldwide nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners".
The whistle-blower's account is detailed in a letter from Rep.
"These grave allegations compel a full, credible and bipartisan congressional investigation", Cummings wrote, according to the New York Times. The administration has not lifted sanctions on Russian Federation.More news: IATA reveals 2018 financial forecast
The message said the project was 'good to go.' It continued that Copson should contact colleagues to 'let them know to put things in place.' The whistleblower could not read the text of the message, but said the timestamp said 12:11 pm, meaning just minutes after Donald Trump assumed the presidency.
The whistleblower, who provided his account to Cummings in June, said he was with Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, a key Flynn ally on the nuclear project, on January 20, Inauguration Day.
ACU Strategic Partners paid for Flynn to travel to Israel and Egypt in 2015 to promote the nuclear project, paying him a fee of $25,000, according to a letter Copson sent the committee.
Neither Copson nor an attorney for ACU responded to a request for comment.
The Wall Street Journal's previous reporting said Flynn had facilitated a draft memo with the National Security Council staff that would support the project.More news: Singapore Airlines reroutes flights to avoid N Korean missiles
"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson told the whistleblower. He was ousted as national security advisor after only 24 days on the job.
Cummings added: "They have now informed us that they have done so". Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyGowdy: FBI has had a "really bad last 18 months' Benghazi panel used 0K in taxpayer money to settle wrongful termination lawsuit Congressional investigators make first evidence requests in Russian Federation nuclear bribery case MORE (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee". He also lied when he said he did not recall a follow-up conversation with the ambassador, who said that "Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of Flynn's request".
The whistleblower is not named in the five-page letter that Cummings shared with ABC News on Wednesday, and is unlikely to identify him or herself, fearing retaliation.
Cummings did not name the whistleblower in the letter, but offered to have Gowdy speak with the person directly. Flynn, a retired US Army lieutenant general, pleaded guilty in federal court last week to one count of making false statements to the FBI and is now a cooperating witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible coordination between Trump's campaign and Russian intermediaries during the 2016 election.More news: Cyclone Ockhi causes heavy rainfall in Mumbai, maximum in 10 years