On the day of US President Donald Trump’s inauguration, incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn texted his former business colleague about a plan to join Russia and build nuclear reactors in the Middle East. The project was "good to go," he told them, according to a summary of a whistleblower's account provided by a lawmaker. This was reported by CNN agency.
Representative of Maryland Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, on Wednesday released his summary of the whistleblower's account detailing Flynn's conversations with colleagues as the Trump administration took power. The account provides the strongest claim yet that the administration was focused on unraveling the sanctions that President Barack Obama had just put in place and that Flynn had a personal motivation for doing so.
Flynn attempted to "manipulate the course of international nuclear policy for the financial gain of his business partners," and assured a business partner the US would relax sanctions once he worked in Trump's White House, Cummings wrote to House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina.
Flynn, while involved in the Trump transition, worked with companies including ACU Strategic Partners to make a deal with Russia to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East. But Cummings' letter to Gowdy described Flynn's interest in the deal for nuclear reactors in far more detail than was previously known.
However, Donald Gross, a lawyer for ACU Strategic Partners, denied that there was any contact between his company and Flynn at any point while Flynn was working for Trump.
"For the record, no member of ACU received any communication in any form from General Flynn during the presidential campaign, the presidential transition, the inauguration, the period following the inauguration when General Flynn served as national security adviser or subsequent to General Flynn's resignation," Gross said in a statement Wednesday following the release of the whistleblower's account.
On Wednesday evening, Gowdy said his committee would not look into the issue, punting the matter to the House Intelligence Committee instead.
"I do get that Democrats want every committee in Congress to be investigating the same fact pattern. I don't think that's the best use of our resources," Gowdy said. "My committee is looking into the things that are in the jurisdiction of the Oversight Committee. ... We're not investigating Russia."
Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the House Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation, declined to say if his panel would investigate the matter.
"I'm not going to tell you what I'm going to do," Conaway said. "I'll tell you what I've done."
As t was reported earlier Michael Flynn promised “full cooperation” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation and, according to a confidant, is prepared to testify that Donald Trump instructed him to contact Russians, initially to work together to fight ISIS in Syria.
Flynn, who is cooperating with investigators in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI about his back-channel negotiations with the Russian ambassador – talks that occurred before Trump took office. The Special Counsel made the plea agreement public Friday morning.
ABC News said referring to its source that Flynn felt abandoned by Trump in recent weeks, and told friends about the decision to make the plea deal within the last 24 hours as he grew concerned about crippling legal costs he would face if he continued to contest the charges.