Michael Flynn's Lawyers Sever Ties With Trump

Michael Flynn's Lawyers Sever Ties With TrumpMichael Flynn's Lawyers Sever Ties With Trump

The legal team of former national security adviser Michael Flynn has told US President Donald Trump's lawyers that there will no longer be communication about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling, US media outlets reported on Friday. According to the New York Times, this likely meant that Flynn is cooperating with Mueller against the president. While lawyers for criminal defendants often share information, such cooperation becomes unethical once one side starts pursuing a deal with prosecutors, DW reported.

An attorney for the president, however, insisted that Flynn was not necessarily working against Trump.

"No one should draw the conclusion that this means anything about General Flynn cooperating against the president," said lawyer Jay Sekulow.

Flynn resigned in disgrace as national security adviser in February after only 24 days –the shortest tenure in the 63-year history of the post.

The retired army general was forced to step down after the Trump administration concluded that he had misled them about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak, during the transition between the 2016 election and Trump taking office.

After he was interviewed by the FBI in January, then-deputy attorney general Sally Yates advised the White House that Flynn had been dishonest in his public assertions that he had not discussed economic sanctions against Russia with Kislyak.

Despite the warning from Yates, Trump did not make a move against Flynn for another month.


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