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The former national security adviser Michael Flynn suggested to a business associate that Russia sanctions would be “ripped up” as one of the Trump administration’s first acts.
The whistleblower’s account may shed new light on Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The former national security adviser Michael Flynn suggested to a business associate that sanctions on Russia imposed by the Obama administration in December would be “ripped up” under President Donald Trump, a whistleblower told a Democratic congressman.
“Mr. Copson explained that General Flynn was making sure that sanctions would be ‘ripped up,'” the letter said, adding that Copson told the whistleblower that President Barack Obama had “f–ed everything up in my nuclear deal with the sanctions. ”
A lawyer for ACU Strategies, where Copson is a managing director, said in a statement that “no member of ACU received any communication in any form from General Flynn during the presidential campaign, the presidential transition, the Inauguration, the period following the Inauguration when General Flynn served as national security adviser or subsequent to General Flynn’s resignation.
On December 29, the day the Obama administration imposed new sanctions and expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the US in retaliation for Moscow’s election meddling, Flynn called Kislyak and asked that Russia not escalate the situation, according to court documents filed by the special counsel Robert Mueller’s office.