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    Flynn told associate Russia sanctions would be ‘ripped up,’

    As President Trump delivered his inaugural address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, his new national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, sent a text to a former business associate telling him that a plan to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East in partnership with Russian interests was “good to go,” according to a witness who spoke with congressional investigators. Flynn had assured his former associate that U.S. sanctions against Russia would immediately be “ripped up” by the Trump administration, a move that would help facilitate the deal, the associate told the witness.

    The witness provided the account to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.), the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who detailed the allegations in a letter Wednesday to the panel’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).

    The episode indicates that Trump officials had planned to jettison sanctions that the Obama administration had imposed on Russia. Congress later passed a bipartisan measure that placed new sanctions on Russia, a bill that Trump reluctantly signed in August. On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about conversations he had in December 2016 with the Russian ambassador to the United States about the sanctions, among other topics.

    According to Cummings’s letter, the witness said he met Alex Copson, Flynn’s former business associate, at an inaugural event. Copson is the managing director of ACU Strategic Partners, a Washington-based company that Flynn said he advised from April 2015 through June 2016, according to a financial disclosure he filed this August. Mr. Copson explained that General Flynn was making sure that sanctions would be ‘ripped up’ as one of his first orders of business and that this would allow money to start flowing into the project,” Cummings wrote.



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    Congress passes sanctions, how was the Trump administration going to rip them up.

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    Trump campaigned on this in mid 2016. He said he would lift sanctions. Hillary said it would be devastating as it was a security issue.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2016/...-russia-226292
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Trump campaigned on this in mid 2016. He said he would lift sanctions. Hillary said it would be devastating as it was a security issue.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2016/...-russia-226292
    Those were the sanctions put in place in response to the taking of Crimea. The sanctions referenced in the OP were related to Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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    Quote Originally Posted by excalibur View Post
    Congress passes sanctions, how was the Trump administration going to rip them up.
    Sounds like a question for Mr. Flynn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by excalibur View Post
    Congress passes sanctions, how was the Trump administration going to rip them up.
    Nope the President can, on his own, pass certain sanctions, on his own.

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/22/2798

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    At least one member of the Trump campaign violated the Logan Act. But it's looking like many members of the campaign knew. I'll bet they're quaking in their boots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    At least one member of the Trump campaign violated the Logan Act. But it's looking like many members of the campaign knew. I'll bet they're quaking in their boots.
    I doubt that anyone will be prosecuted for violating the Logan Act, although violating it in this manner does amount to collusion with a foreign adversary, and that's not behavior that anyone should be proud of, whether or not they are prosecuted for their actions. It is more likely the tangential crimes that were committed due to the collusion with the Russians that will lead to prosecutions, as has been the case thus far.
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    There's a reason Trump is nicer to Putin than even Americans here at home or our Allies for that matter. Trump needed money, had shitty credit, so he went to Russia. It's payback time so Trump agreed to lift the sanctions. Putin helped get Trump elected so they could make the change.

    If you want to see it it's right there in front of your nose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HadEnough2 View Post
    There's a reason Trump is nicer to Putin than even Americans here at home or our Allies for that matter. Trump needed money, had shitty credit, so he went to Russia. It's payback time so Trump agreed to lift the sanctions. Putin helped get Trump elected so they could make the change.

    If you want to see it it's right there in front of your nose.
    That is pretty much what happened. It's really very simple.
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