This week Congressman Elijah Cummings informed other members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that a whistleblower had come forward with “evidence that Lt. General Michael Flynn—within minutes of Donald Trump being sworn in as President—was communicating directly with his former business colleagues about their plan to work with Russia to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East.”
The only problem, of course, was that days earlier President Obama had levied sanctions against Russia for its involvement in meddling with the presidential election. Based on information surrounding his plea agreement, it’s now clear that General Flynn was working prior to the inauguration to undermine those sanctions. If these whistleblower’s allegations are true (and at this point they are just allegations) then it would mean that the future National Security Advisor was manipulating the country’s nuclear policy to enrich his former business partners- a mind bending and outrageous crime.
As readers of this blog know, we specialize in representing whistleblowers primarily in the context of fraud on government programs, such as Medicare, by utilizing the federal False Claims Act. We were struck by Congressman Cummings letter, though, as it highlights how whistleblowers can play critical roles in exposing corruption and fraud. Here, of course, these are just allegations that will no doubt be heavily scrutinized. However, Congressman Cummings understands that the first step of any investigation involving a whistleblower is determining that whistleblower’s credibility. According to his letter, the Congressman’s preliminary assessment is that he finds “this person to be authentic, credible, and reliable.”
We will be monitoring the developments and following whether this congressional committee follows up. If you’d like to read more about this purported whistleblower and Congressman Cummings’ letter, you can click here.
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