House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) showed no interest Wednesday in further investigating claims a whistleblower brought to the committee's Democrats about promises former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn allegedly made to a business associate about gutting Russian Federation sanctions that been hindering the associate's business project.
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. Copson was working with Flynn to promote a joint project with Russian Federation to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East.
"Our Committee has credible allegations that President Trump's National Security Advisor sought to manipulate the course of global nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners", Cummings wrote.
In the letter, Mr. Cummings appeared to try to anticipate an argument that Mr. Gowdy might make - that he can not investigate the whistle-blower's claims as long as Mr. Flynn was still under investigation by Mr. Mueller's team.
The company did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
The letter says Flynn blamed Obama for having 'f***** everything up in my nuclear deal with the sanctions'.
Mr Michael Conaway, who is leading the House Intelligence probe, declined to comment on Wednesday, saying he didn't yet know enough about the matter.
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On December 29, the day the Obama administration imposed new sanctions and expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the United States in retaliation for Moscow's election meddling, Flynn called Kislyak and asked that Russia not escalate the situation, according to court documents.
House Oversight Democrats have already consulted with Mr Mueller about the whistle-blower.
Now, Mr Cummings wrote, he and his colleagues have been authorised to to go public with the information. Cummings wrote that an "authentic, credible, and reliable" source had brought him information regarding the retired Army lieutenant general.
According to the whistleblower account, Copson said Flynn was making sure sanctions would be 'ripped up, ' which would allow money to start flowing to the project.
He greeted Mr Copson at the event, and asked how he was doing. "I am going to celebrate today". "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people".
The whistle-blower recalled the time stamp because it was during Mr Trump's address. Copson is the managing director of ACU Strategic Partners, a Washington-based company that Flynn said he advised from April 2015 through June 2016, according to a financial disclosure he filed this August.
The letter from Cummings concluded with a request to issue subpoenas for "all documents and communications referring or relating" to Flynn's foreign contacts during the Trump campaign, the transition period and his brief time as national security adviser.