Flynn texted during inauguration to suggest Russian Federation sanctions would end, Democrat says

Image Michael Flynn appears to look at his phone during President Trump's inauguration ceremony

Michael Flynn appears to look at his phone during President Trump's inauguration ceremony. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn was texting with a private business associate even as Donald Trump delivered his inauguration address, a whistleblower says.

Flynn made the promise to Alex Copson, a managing partner of an energy company with ties to Russian Federation, a whistleblower told Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings this summer. It was just 11 minutes into Trump's speech when Copson showed the whistleblower a text message from Flynn that discussed a joint partnership between the USA and Russian Federation regarding the energy sector in the Middle East, according to the letter.

In the letter to Trey Gowdy, the panel's Republican chairman, Cummings demanded that Gowdy subpoena documents on the nuclear power plan from the White House, Flynn, Copson, their partners and associates.

"I believe the American people want Congress to hold President Trump and his Administration accountable, and they are exhausted of Republicans in Congress putting their heads in the sand when faced with credible allegations of grave abuses while at the same time conducting investigations of allegations against Secretary Clinton that were debunked years ago", Cummings wrote.

The whistleblower said Flynn sent text messages to Alex Copson, the managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, from Trump's inauguration ceremony on January 20 to say the plan was "good to go".

The whistleblower told congressional investigators that Copson boasted that 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", an apparent reference to financial sanctions imposed on Russian Federation by the Obama administration, Cummings's letter states.

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Cummings said the whistleblower contacted his office in June 2017 to describe events that occurred at an event in Washington, DC, on Inauguration Day. Cummings and committee Democrats have complained that Gowdy has stiff-armed the Flynn investigation since he took over the committee in June by consistently refusing to issue subpoenas to the White House and various administration officials, Flynn's consulting firm and his business colleagues related to the matter. "I am going to celebrate today".

Gowdy, Copson and ACU did not immediately respond to detailed requests for comment, while an attorney for Flynn declined to comment.

The whistleblower noted the time of the message, 12:11 pm-during Trump's inaugural speech, but didn't read the content. Copson told the whistleblower, "Mike has been putting everything in place for us". The whistleblower alleged Copson showed off the text to those around him, calling it "the best day of my life".

Copson had promoted a succession of nuclear projects created to include Russian participation dating back to the 1990s. Prosecutors "asked my office to hold on the public release of this information until they completed certain investigative steps", Cummings wrote.

Flynn pled guilty last week to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding conversations with Russians. 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".

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