News 7 december — 17:19

Trump Aide Was Ready To 'Rip Up' Russia Sanctions


Former White House adviser Michael Flynn sent a text during U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration speech saying that a planned nuclear power project with Russia that would require the lifting of U.S. sanctions was "good to go," a whistle-blower has told U.S. lawmakers, RFE/RL reports.

The witness's account was made public on December 6 by Representative Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Cummings said the unidentified whistle-blower's allegations raise concerns that Flynn intended to improperly aid the nuclear project during his brief stint as White House national security adviser, including possibly by suspending or ending U.S. sanctions against doing business with Russia that were imposed after Moscow's illegal annexation of Ukraine's Crimea in 2014.

Flynn last week pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI and he is now cooperating with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a key witness in Mueller's investigation of ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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