Kinda late in the game to be doing this kind of thing, don’t you think?
Courtesy of CNN:
President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has fired his lawyers who arranged a 2017 plea deal that helped set the tone for others to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Flynn’s attorneys, Rob Kelner and Steve Anthony, said in a court filing Thursday morning their longtime client was “terminating” them, and that he has already found new legal representation.
The announcement also comes shortly after a transcript was released of a voicemail Kelner had received from Trump personal attorney John Dowd on the eve of Flynn’s plea deal, suggesting the White House should be kept apprised of what Flynn was doing. Flynn turned that voicemail over to prosecutors — and Mueller credited him for doing so. The voice mail became part of Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump had tried to sway cooperators.
Flynn, who continues to delay his sentencing after a disastrous court hearing last December and subsequent developments that put the spotlight on the Covington & Burling law firm, was one of the Mueller’s investigations earliest and important cooperators.
Flynn admitted in December 2017 to lying to the FBI while they interviewed him in the White House in January 2017 about discussing foreign policy with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and about his lobbying for Turkey.
Once he agreed to help Mueller, the fired Trump adviser sat for 19 interviews with the special counsel’s office and other federal prosecutors.
I am not sure why Flynn is choosing now to fire his lawyers since he clearly knew about this voicemail quite some time ago.
Unless it means that Flynn is thinking of changing his plea deal again or backing out completely, and wants a different legal team to negotiate that.
Michael Flynn’s name also popped up in a recent article about a possible phone call between Trump and Putin just days after the inauguration.
Courtesy of Politico:
A top Russian official tried to set up a video teleconference between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia on the day after Trump’s inauguration, according to a senior FBI agent’s interview notes released on Thursday.
Peter Strzok, at the time a lead FBI agent investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, heard about the attempt to connect Trump and Putin while he and another bureau agent interviewed the president’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, at the White House just days into the new administration.
Flynn relayed that he’d gotten the request to arrange a Trump-Putin call from Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the U.S., when the two men spoke shortly after Christmas in 2016 as part of a broader conversation covering a range of issues important to the two countries.
U.S. and Russian officials have never confirmed that a conversation took place between Trump and Putin on Jan. 21, 2017, though the White House on Jan. 28 of that year offered a readout of a “congratulatory call” from the Russian leader that happened that day.
We often do not know about these interactions between Trump and Putin unless the Russian media reports on them.
I imagine that there are all kinds of phone calls and video calls about which the American people have been kept completely in the dark.