The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is calling on the committee to look into a whistleblower’s claims that during President Trump’s inauguration speech, then-national security adviser Michael Flynn texted a former business associate to say a private nuclear reactor plan involving Russia and Saudi Arabia that Flynn had lobbied for would have his support in the White House.
Ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, wrote to chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, Wednesday, pointing out Gowdy previously “refused” to press the White House on bipartisan document requests and “disregarded” evidence about Flynn’s efforts to work with Russia on a plan to build nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia, urging him now to request subpoenas related to the emails and texts concerning Flynn’s suspected activities.
But Gowdy wasn’t eager to investigate the matter.
“While Democrats may want every Committee of Congress to investigate the same fact patterns, it isn’t a prudent use of resources – something they used to be mindful of,” Gowdy tweeted, along with his letter response to Cummings.
As the whistleblower chatted with Flynn’s associate at an Inauguration Day celebration on Jan. 20, Flynn reportedly sent text messages saying the associate’s nuclear proposal was “good to go,” the whistleblower said, according to Cummings. According to the whistleblower, Flynn also informed the associate that his business partners would be able to move forward with their project, which aimed to construct a network of nuclear reactors across the Mideast with support from Russian and other international interests.
Whileand cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation largely insulates the retired lieutenant general from further legal jeopardy, the whistleblower’s allegations raise new concerns about the extent to which Flynn may have blurred his private and public interests during his brief stint inside the White House. Mr. Trump fired Flynn in February, saying he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.
“I have spoken with this whistleblower, and I find this person to be authentic,…