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Flynn signed off on nuclear project with Russia during Trump's inaugural, according to whistleblower

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The whistleblower said Copson showed him his phone with Flynn's text message; it was sent at 12:11 p.m., about 10 minutes into Trump's inaugural speech. Copson told the whistleblower, according to the Cummings letter, that Flynn would ensure the sanctions were withdrawn.

Copson, according to the whistleblower, said Obama's sanctions had "f---ed everything up in my nuclear deal with the sanctions."

Copson could not be reached for comment.

Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general and former high-ranking intelligence officer, pleaded guilty last week to lying to the FBI about his discussions with the then-Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, about the sanctions the day after they were imposed.

But in his interview with the FBI Jan. 24, according to the Justice Department documents, Flynn lied when he said he did not ask Kislyak "to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia." He also lied when he said he did not recall a follow-up conversation with the ambassador, who said that "Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of Flynn's request."


As part of his plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, Flynn agreed to be a cooperative witness in exchange for avoiding prosecution on other charges that might be related to his involvement with Russia during the campaign, the presidential transition and his brief stint as national security adviser.

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