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PoliticsFormer Trump adviser Flynn hires Mueller critic as lawyer

21:30  12 june  2019
21:30  12 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Court filing: Former Trump adviser Flynn dismisses legal team

Court filing: Former Trump adviser Flynn dismisses legal team Michael Flynn has dismissed the legal team that represented him in his dealings with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

U.S. President Donald Trump 's former national security adviser Michael Flynn requested on Tuesday a sentence of a year's probation for lying to U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller ’s office said last week Flynn had provided substantial cooperation with its investigation, as well as with other probes.

President Donald Trump 's former national security adviser Michael Flynn has completed his cooperation The disclosure came in a joint court filing between Flynn ’s lawyers and Special Counsel Robert Mueller ’s Flynn and Mueller ’s office had been given a deadline of March 13 to update U.S

Former Trump adviser Flynn hires Mueller critic as lawyer© Carolyn Kaster Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington on Dec. 18, 2018. Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn has hired Sidney Powell, a fierce critic of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, as his new attorney, Powell's office said in a statement.

Powell, who has previously urged Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea over lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia, suggested her client would not withdraw his plea and would adhere to the terms of his guilty plea signed in December 2017.

"Attorney Powell is honored to represent General Flynn and he will continue to cooperate with the government in all matters," the statement said.

Flynn told investigators Russia asked for Trump-Putin video call day after inauguration

Flynn told investigators Russia asked for Trump-Putin video call day after inauguration Prosecutors have released a less-redacted version of an FBI memo describing the interview agents had with President Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn in January 2017.The document shows that Flynn told investigators that Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak asked him during a December 28, 2016, phone call to set up a "VTC," an apparent reference to a video teleconference, between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Flynn told investigators that Kislyak requested that the video conference occur on January 21, the day after Trump was inaugurated as president, according to the memo.

Flynn plea part of larger deal to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller , as former national adviser acknowledges wrongdoing for first time.

Michael Flynn , Trump ’s first national security adviser , eventually made a deal with Mueller , pleading guilty to lying to the FBI in exchange for cooperation. The Times said John Dowd, who resigned as head of Trump ’s legal team last week, discussed potential pardons with lawyers representing Flynn

The move comes about a week after Flynn fired two lawyers who had represented him since before the Mueller probe started in May 2017, prompting speculation the retired general might be looking to revoke his admission of guilt.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his 2016 conversations with Sergey Kislyak, then-Russian ambassador to the United States. Flynn was fired by Trump after just 24 days on the job for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations with Kislyak.

Flynn's supporters have also raised questions about why the judge presiding over his case recently backed off a prior order and said the government did not need to disclose the transcripts of phone calls in December 2016 between Flynn and Kislyak.

Powell, a conservative commentator who frequently appears on Fox News, authored the book "Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice," which relates to the department's conduct during the investigation of Enron Corp.

Reporting by Karen Freifeld and Nathan Layne in New York; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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