According to a new report by the New York Times, Michael Flynn apparently told a former business associate that one of the Trump White House's first priorities was to dismantle President Obama's economic sanctions against Russian Federation.
The whistleblower alleged that the businessman boasted about the contents of the text from Flynn, calling it "the best day of my life", according to a detailed account of the alleged incident laid out in a letter from Rep.
In June, Newsweek revealed that while he was an adviser to Trump, Flynn had done work for a consortium led by Copson and former senior USA military officials to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East in a partnership with a Russian state-owned energy contractor.
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. He called for a bipartisan investigation.
On Inauguration Day, according to the letter, the whistleblower met with an individual who was working with Flynn to promote a project with Russia, Alex Copson, who told the whistleblower that Flynn would ensure the sanctions would be removed, paving the way for the project to continue.
The unnamed whistleblower's claims pose the strongest evidence yet that the nascent Trump White House was looking to rescind sanctions against Russian Federation and also suggests that Flynn could have had a personal financial stake in the matter.
In his letter, Mr. Cummings also said that his staff had been in consultations with Mr. Mueller's team, which brought the criminal charge against Mr. Flynn.
Throughout 2015, Flynn traveled multiple times to the Middle East to discuss the project with foreign government officials.
Copson did not respond to phone and email messages from ABC NEWS left at his home and with his attorney.
"Mike has been putting everything in place for us", Copson told the whistleblower.
Flynn pleaded guilty last week to one count of making false statements and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign. A lawyer for Mr. Flynn declined to comment. "I am going to celebrate today".
The witness told Cummings and committee investigators that Copson shared a text message he had just received from Flynn, who was on stage at the Capitol during Trump's speech.
Attempts to reach Mr. Copson on Wednesday were unsuccessful. Prosecutors "asked my office to hold on the public release of this information until they completed certain investigative steps", Cummings wrote.
On December 29, the day the Obama administration imposed new sanctions and expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S. in retaliation for Moscow's election meddling, Flynn called Kislyak and asked that Russia not escalate the situation, according to court documents.