The Russian collusion scandal reached critical mass.

As associate of Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn stepped forward and claimed he had evidence of why Michael Flynn may have lied to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian Ambassador.

But then a whistleblower stepped forward with one secret text message that caused all hell to break loose.

The media thought they had the key piece of evidence that would allow the pieces in the Russia scandal to fall into place.

An associate of Flynn claimed the former National Security Advisor sent him a text message claiming the sanctions against Russia would be ripped up and they were good to go on a plan to build nuclear reactors across the Middle East.

Politico reported:

“Congressional Democrats said Wednesday they have evidence from a confidential whistleblower that within minutes of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, then-national security adviser Michael Flynn sent assurances to former business partners that a plan to build nuclear reactors across the Middle East was “good to go.”

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee said in a letter dated Wednesday that the whistleblower reported attending an Inauguration Day event with Flynn’s former business associate Alex Copson, the managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners.

The whistleblower said Copson gushed that Trump’s inauguration was “the best day of my life” because it meant his company’s effort to create a U.S.-Russia energy partnership in the Middle East, which reportedly would have included more than two dozen nuclear plants in the region, was moving forward. Copson said Flynn was making sure Obama-era sanctions, which he claimed threatened the nuclear project, would be “ripped up,” according to the whistleblower.

And the whistleblower said Copson flipped his phone around to reveal a text message he said came from Flynn describing the nuclear reactor project as “good to go.” According to the account, the whistleblower didn’t see the substance of the text but recalled seeing a 12:11 p.m. time stamp. At that time, Flynn was on the dais during Trump’s inaugural address.”

This account was immediately called into question.

A top official for ACU Strategic Partners presented evidence in the form of AT&T phone logs that showed Copson did not receive any text messages from Flynn and the only text he received on inauguration day was at 1:49 PM, and not 12:11 PM as the whistleblower claimed.

Politico reported:

“But in a letter to Cummings dated Friday, Thomas Cochran, a top ACU official, said the whistleblower’s account was inaccurate, attaching AT&T phone records that he said show Copson did not get a text from Flynn that day.

“The only text message Mr. Copson received on Inauguration Day came at 1:49 p.m.,” Cochran said. He said that text was from a friend who attended the same function where the whistleblower claimed to witness Copson’s boasting.

“Since Mr. Copson did not receive a text message from General Flynn during the Inauguration, other allegations of the ‘whistleblower’ are equally false and unfounded,” wrote Cochran, who identified himself as a senior scientist at the company. He requested that Cummings share the new information with the media.”

This supposed “bombshell” quickly fizzled like all the other Russia stories the media endlessly hyped.

The simple fact is there is no evidence of collusion and the press is losing all their credibility by promoting this hoax.