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Mike Flynn was working on private nuclear power plan while advising Trump, whistleblower says

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Michael T. Flynn was helping a former business partner lay the groundwork for nuclear power plants in the Middle East, a plan that involved a partnership with Russia, despite his role as an advisor to President Trump, according to a purported whistleblower who provided an account to a leading Democrat in Congress. 

The whistleblower said Flynn sent text messages to Alex Copson, the managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, from Trump’s inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20 to say the plan was “good to go.”

Copson said Flynn, who briefly served as Trump’s national security advisor, had promised to end sanctions on Russia that had been imposed by former President Obama in retaliation for the country’s interference in last year’s election, the whistleblower said. 

Flynn had worked as a consultant for ACU Strategic Partners but didn’t divulge the relationship until the third version of his financial disclosure report, which was filed in August. 

The whistleblower, who has remained anonymous, provided his account to Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. 

Cummings described the account in a letter as "credible allegations that President Trump's national security advisor sought to manipulate the course of international nuclear policy for the financial gain of his former business partners." He asked the Republican chair of the committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, to issue subpoenas that could help verify the whistleblower's account.

Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about contacts with the Russian ambassador, and he’s cooperating with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in his investigation of Russia’s election meddling.

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