Fired former national security advisor Mike Flynn exalted that a nuclear deal involving Russian Federation was "good to go" just minutes after President Trump took the oath of office, House Oversight panel Democrats said based on a whistleblower's claims.
"During their conversation, Mr. Copson informed the whistleblower that he "just got this text message" from General Flynn saying that the project - "involving a joint partnership between the United States and Russian Federation relating to the energy sector in the Middle East" - was "good to go".
In June, the whistleblower first contacted Cummings and gave the congressman permission to share the account as part of the ongoing investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
"I believe the American people want Congress to hold President Trump and his administration accountable", Cummings wrote, "and they are exhausted of Republicans in Congress putting their heads in the sand when faced with credible allegations of grave abuses".
One businessman involved in the project - Alex Copson of ACU Strategic Partners - even dubbed it the "Trump/Putin M.E".
According to the whistleblower, Copson said, "Mike has been putting everything in place for us".
The letter tells Gowdy it is hard to discern what happened because he would not subpoena Flynn, the White House, or Copson.
Mr Michael Conaway, who is leading the House Intelligence probe, declined to comment on Wednesday, saying he didn't yet know enough about the matter.
Cummings said the whistleblower, whom he did not identify in the letter, "fears retaliation", but would speak with Gowdy if he agrees to protect the whistleblower's identity.
Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his discussions with the Russian ambassador about sanctions during the transition.
The whistleblower, who provided his account to Cummings in June, said he was with Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners, a key Flynn ally on the nuclear project, on January 20, Inauguration Day. "I am going to celebrate today".
On Inauguration Day, according to the whistle-blower, Mr. Flynn texted the former business associate to say that the project was "good to go". "This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people". The witness could not read the text, but he saw that the time stamp was 12:11 p.m., according Cummings's letter.
"Mr. Copson explained that Gen. Flynn was making sure the sanctions would be ripped up as one of his first orders of business and this would allow money to start flowing into the project", Cummings said, quoting the witness.
In his letter, Mr. Cummings also said that his staff had been in consultations with Mr. Mueller's team, which brought the criminal charge against Mr. Flynn.