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Excerpt: "Michael T. Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, told a former business associate that economic sanctions against Russia would be 'ripped up' as one of the Trump administration's first acts, according to an account by a whistle-blower made public on Wednesday."

Michael T. Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)
Michael T. Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)


Flynn Said Russian Sanctions Would Be 'Ripped Up,' Whistle-Blower Says

By Mark Mazzetti and Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times

06 December 17

 

ichael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, told a former business associate that economic sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up” as one of the Trump administration’s first acts, according to an account by a whistle-blower made public on Wednesday.

Mr. Flynn believed that ending the sanctions could allow a business project he had once participated in to move forward, according to the whistle-blower. 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.

Mr. Flynn had worked on a business venture to partner with Russia to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East until June 2016, but remained close with the people involved afterward. On Inauguration Day, according to the whistle-blower, Mr. Flynn texted the former business associate to say that the project was “good to go.”


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