Donald Trump has insisted, even while confessing to a crime, that former national security adviser Michael Flynn, did nothing illegal to prompt his indictment and subsequent guilty plea. A whistleblower, credible enough to be believed by the House Oversight Committee and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, to detail the truth behind Trump’s and Flynn’s lies.
In a stunning new story by The New York Times, Flynn was revealed to have an agenda to end sanctions passed by President Obama for their illegal attempts to undermine U.S. democracy. On the day of Trump’s election, it is already well known that Flynn had phone conversations – which he lied about during his confirmation hearing and later to the FBI – with Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak. Flynn insisted that he did not discuss sanctions during those calls, but leaked transcripts proved that to be untrue.
As it turns out, Flynn made even more troubling contacts with a business associate while Trump was giving his inauguration speech.
‘Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, told a former business associate that economic sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up” as one of the Trump administration’s first acts, according to an account by a whistle-blower made public on Wednesday.
‘Mr. Flynn believed that ending the sanctions could allow a business project he had once participated in to move forward, according to the whistle-blower. The account is the strongest evidence to date that the Trump administration wanted to end the sanctions immediately, and suggests that Mr. Flynn had a possible economic incentive for the United States to forge a closer relationship with Russia.’
BREAKING: Whistleblower Provides Key Info About #Flynn Text to Business Colleague During #Trump Inauguration about their plan to work with #Russia to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East. https://t.co/n86il3C6VB
— House OversightDems (@OversightDems) December 6, 2017
Flynn texted a former business associate named Alex Copson of ACU Strategic Partners that Obama’s Russian sanctions would be ignored and that his business project, which Flynn had been a part of and which planned to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East, could go forward. According to a letter written by the Democratic ranking member of the House Oversight Committee to his Republican counterpart, Trey Gowdy, Copson told the whistleblower that:
‘This is the best day of my life. [It’s] the start of something I’ve been working on for years, and we are good to go…This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people.’
The details of the whistleblower’s account mean that even though the Senate would later pass a bill almost unanimously requiring sanctions be imposed against Russia, that bill would be ignored by President Trump. At the time of this writing, the deadline to impose those sanctions is now two months past due. Trump has failed to follow the law and impose those sanctions, and Sec. of State Rex Tillerson has dismantled the key group in the State Department responsible for carrying out those sanctions.
As many times as Trump and the people who serve under him have insisted that four indictments and two guilty pleas are still not evidence of “collusion,” it certainly seems that collusion was behind the actions of Mr. Flynn. His guilty plea and cooperation with Mueller’s investigation may reveal even more that involves Donald Trump and his family in the days to come.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2017
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