Michael T. Flynn's legal team informed President Trump's lawyers they could no longer discuss the investigation and would be parting ways, indicating that Mr. Flynn is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller.
According to the New York Times, four people involved in the case divulged that Flynn's lawyers have been disclosing details of Mueller's investigation with Trump's laywers. The probe is examining White House officials in Trump's circle who may have colluded with Russia by using incriminating information to aid in Trump's victory over Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
The Times said:
Defense lawyers frequently share information during investigations, but they must stop when doing so would pose a conflict of interest. It is unethical for lawyers to work together when one client is cooperating with prosecutors and another is still under investigation.
Despite a lack of sufficient evidence Mr. Flynn might be cooperating with the special counsel, the announcement led Trump's team to speculate otherwise. Both legal teams refused to comment, and the four people involved in the case requested anonymity.
There is a possibility that Trump's former national security advisor may not be influenced by the justice department. The Times wrote:
Some lawyers withdraw from information-sharing arrangements as soon as they begin negotiating with prosecutors. And such negotiations sometimes fall apart.
Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow, said, "No one should draw the conclusion that this means anything about General Flynn cooperating against the president."
Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and political consultant Rick Gates were indicted on 12 felony counts including money laundering, lying to the government and other acts of conspiracy against the U.S. They also supported and lobbied for a pro-Russian party led by Vladimir Putin's ally, Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych. But after their charges were filed, in addition to foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, the dust on the pandaemonium temporarily settled at the White House.
@iniminimineyMO @joncoopertweets when indictments for Manafort and Gates were unsealed - I said that day in many DM… https://t.co/lAe8gufkbd— #FreeCali NaphiSoc (@#FreeCali NaphiSoc) 1511489616.0
Mueller is currently honing in on Flynn's private meeting with a Russian ambassador attended by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner during the presidential transition. Those with Russian ties have been reaching out to officials within Trump's circle with the prospect of offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
But the White House is confident that Flynn has no incriminating evidence on Donald Trump.
White House lawyer Ty Cobb told the Times last month, “He likes General Flynn personally, but understands that they have their own path with the special counsel. I think he would be sad for them, as a friend and a former colleague, if the process results in punishment or indictments. But to the extent that that happens, that’s beyond his control.
We may see further developments occurring in the coming weeks.
The Internet is bracing themselves for something yuge.
Both Manafort and Flynn are working with Mueller. Mike Pence is toast. #PenceKnew #PenceMustGo https://t.co/ZMacLxhMjF— Punish Mike Pence (@Punish Mike Pence) 1511474552.0
@PunishPence The fun begins.— barbara smith (@barbara smith) 1511540972.0
@PunishPence t-rump's goose is cooked now. Firing them was the fatal mistake.— Robert Townsand (@Robert Townsand) 1511521678.0
@PunishPence One step closer— Jerry (@Jerry) 1511486379.0
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@joncoopertweets Friday Meltdown coming— Delores McEachern (@Delores McEachern) 1511521413.0
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