Flynn promised partners lifting of sanctions with Russia - NYT

  • Flynn promised partners lifting of sanctions with Russia - NYT

New York: Michael T. Flynn, former adviser to President Donald Trump on national security, told a former business partner on Trump's inauguration day that economic sanctions against Russia would be "lifted" as one of the first actions of the administration of the newly elected president.

This was reported by sources of The New York Times.

Flynn in June 2016 worked on a business initiative to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East, Russia was also a partner. However, he maintained close contacts with the people involved in this initiative after June 2016.

According to the information of the informant, on the day of the inauguration, when Flynn was sitting near the US President Donald Trump, listening to the inaugural speech, he wrote a message to a former business partner that everything would be all right with this project.

Such data are given in a letter written by Congressman Elijah Cummings to the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Surveillance, Trey Gaudi.

In a letter, Cummings noted that on January 20, 2017, the informant was present at the Trumpa's inauguration, where he met with Alex Kopson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, a company that hired Flynn in 2015 as an adviser to implement a joint project with Russia.

During the conversation, Kopson told the informant that "this is the best day in his life", because the start was given to what he worked on for many years.

Kopson told the informant that Flynn had sent him a text message during Trump's speech that it was possible to continue developing his plans in the framework of the project to build nuclear power plants.

"These data are the greatest evidence that the Trump administration wanted to immediately lift the sanctions, and suggest that Flynn might have had an economic incentive to forge closer US-Russian relations," the NYT suggested.

In turn, Flynn's lawyer declined to comment.

Michael Flynn was dismissed from the post of adviser Donald Trump on February 13 after a scandal related to the discussion of anti-Russian sanctions with the Russian ambassador. Later, the US Senate Intelligence Committee wrote to Flynn a lawsuit on the investigation of Russia's interference in the presidential elections in the United States. Then there was information that the investigation into the case of Michael Flynn could spread to Turkey.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn confessed in Washington on December 1 that he had lied when he was asked by the FBI investigators about his conversations last December with the then Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, a few weeks before Trump took office. Also Flynn said that he is ready to cooperate with the investigation. Trump himself again noted that there was no conspiracy between him and Russia.

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