Flynn Said Russian Sanctions Would Be ‘Ripped Up’

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn told a former business associate that economic sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up” as one of the Trump administration’s first acts, the New York Times reports.

“Mr. Flynn believed that ending the sanctions could allow a business project he had once participated in to move forward… The account is the strongest evidence to date that the Trump administration wanted to end the sanctions immediately, and suggests that Mr. Flynn had a possible economic incentive for the United States to forge a closer relationship with Russia.”

“The account is detailed in a letter written by Rep.  Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. In the letter, Mr. Cummings said that the whistle-blower contacted his office in June and has authorized him to go public with the details. He did not name the whistle-blower.”

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