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PoliticsMichael Flynn Changes His Story, Putting Him on Collision Course With Judge

00:21  10 july  2019
00:21  10 july  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn , the former national security adviser, backed off his planned testimony in a federal case against a former And it was the latest strange turn in a prosecution that should have run its course without much drama after Mr. Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to

WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn , the former national security adviser, backed off his planned testimony in a Mr. Flynn ’s changing story might have also prompted a change in representation because his previous lawyers had negotiated his plea deal with federal prosecutors.Read the Mueller

Michael Flynn Changes His Story, Putting Him on Collision Course With Judge© Patrick Semansky/Associated Press Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, will not deliver testimony he planned to give as part of a cooperation deal with the government.

WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, backed off his planned testimony in a federal case against a former associate, according to court documents unsealed on Tuesday.

Mr. Flynn had previously admitted that he lied on foreign lobbying disclosure forms submitted to the Justice Department but now is blaming his former lawyers, accusing them of filing inaccurate forms without his knowledge. He did not dispute that the filing itself contained false information.

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Source: New York Times. WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn , the former national security adviser, backed off his planned testimony in a federal case Mr. Flynn had previously admitted that he lied on foreign lobbying disclosure forms submitted to the Justice Department but now is blaming his former

— A business associate of the former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn was convicted But on the eve of the Kian trial, Mr. Flynn abruptly changed his story and blamed his previous lawyers for filing inaccurate foreign Mr. Flynn has likely put himself on a collision course with Judge Sullivan

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His latest gambit could provoke another dramatic and risky confrontation with the federal judge who delayed sentencing Mr. Flynn last year in a separate case so he could continue to cooperate with the government in the hopes of a lighter punishment. And it was the latest strange turn in a prosecution that should have run its course without much drama after Mr. Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to investigators and agreed to cooperate with the special counsel’s investigators.

Mr. Flynn’s lawyers might not care what the judge does if they believe President Trump will pardon his former national security adviser. Mr. Trump has said that Mr. Flynn is a good man who was treated poorly but has not said whether he will pardon him.

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Flynn had told two federal judges during court hearings that he intended to plead guilty and A judge acquitted Kian because prosecutors failed to present enough evidence to prove the case. Flynn 's attorneys also wrote that after the lawyer change , prosecutors dropped him as a witness against his

Mr. Flynn abruptly changed lawyers last month but has not said why. In the newly unsealed documents, his new lawyers seemed to take issue with his previous legal team, blaming them for the filing that helped land their client in legal trouble. Mr. Flynn’s changing story might have also prompted a change in representation because his previous lawyers had negotiated his plea deal with federal prosecutors.

As a result of Mr. Flynn’s unexpected disclosure, federal prosecutors say they will no longer ask him to testify in the trial of a former business partner, Bijan Kian, who is accused of violating foreign lobbying disclosure laws. Prosecutors played down Mr. Flynn’s testimony, saying it was not vital to the case. Other “evidence alone,” they wrote, “is ample to convict the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt.”

But Mr. Flynn’s testimony had been one of the reasons Judge Emmet G. Sullivan allowed Mr. Flynn to push back his sentencing, but his lawyers said he “cannot give that testimony because it is not true.”

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A federal judge transformed a seemingly straightforward sentencing hearing for Michael T. Flynn , President Trump’s first national security adviser Michael T. Flynn , President Trump’s former national security adviser, walked past supporters and protesters as he left a federal court in Washington.

On Tuesday afternoon, Judge Sullivan ordered federal prosecutors in his case and Mr. Flynn’s lawyers to explain how events in Mr. Kian’s case will affect proceedings in his court.

Mr. Flynn’s new position surprised prosecutors who had long planned to use him as a key witness against Mr. Kian in his trial that was set to begin next week in federal court in Alexandria, Va. Mr. Kian was indicted last year along with another man, Ekim Alptekin, as part of a federal investigation into Turkey’s secret 2016 lobbying campaign to pressure the United States to expel a rival of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Prosecutors accused the two men of seeking to conceal that Turkey was directing the work, and that high-level Turkish officials approved the budget for the project and were given regular updates by Mr. Alptekin about the campaign’s progress. Mr. Flynn’s firm — Flynn Intel Group — received a total of $530,000 for its work.

Mr. Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to F.B.I. agents about conversations with the Russian ambassador at the time about sanctions. Mr. Flynn also admitted to prosecutors for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, that he had repeatedly violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the law requiring firms to register their work on behalf of foreign clients. He acknowledged making “materially false statements and omissions” in those filings.

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In the wake of Mr. Flynn’s reversal, federal prosecutors are now asserting that he is an unindicted co-conspirator rather than a cooperating witness and want to introduce his statements as evidence. Lawyers for Mr. Kian and Mr. Flynn both object vigorously to that move by prosecutors.

Lawyers for Mr. Flynn suggested that the government’s new position was possibly in “retaliation for Mr. Flynn’s truthful testimony the government does not like.” His lawyers also said that Mr. Flynn’s testimony would remain consistent with the facts of his plea deal and his statement of the offense. “When Mr. Flynn agreed in his ‘statement of offense’ in Judge Sullivan’s court that certain information in the FARA filing was false, he was doing so with some hindsight,” Mr. Flynn’s lawyers wrote.

Prosecutors, however, “do not necessarily agree with these characterizations,” they told defense lawyers.

That could be a sign that Mr. Flynn could find himself at odds again with Judge Sullivan, the federal judge in Washington presiding over his case related to lying to the F.B.I.

In a sentencing hearing late last year, Judge Sullivan upbraided Mr. Flynn for his conduct and raised concerns over suggestions by Mr. Flynn’s previous lawyers in presentencing memos that the F.B.I. agents who questioned him might have tricked him because they did not warn him that lying to investigators was a crime. Judge Sullivan gave Mr. Flynn a chance to withdraw from his plea but Mr. Flynn declined and once again told the judge he knew it was a crime to lie to the F.B.I. when agents questioned him in January 2017 at the White House.

Lawyer: Flynn will keep cooperating after co-conspirator revelations

Lawyer: Flynn will keep cooperating after co-conspirator revelations Michael Flynn's attorney Sidney Powell said Thursday that her client doesn't plan on ending his cooperation with the government, as federal prosecutors say they intend to argue he was a co-conspirator in charges filed against Flynn's former business partner.Powell told The Hill that Flynn is "continuing to cooperate." "We're doing everything we possibly can," she added.When asked if that could change in the future, Powell replied, "I don't think so.

Now Mr. Flynn’s cooperation with the government appears to have ended, leaving Judge Sullivan free to sentence him. If Judge Sullivan thinks Mr. Flynn is dodging responsibility, he could hand down a stiffer sentence. Mr. Flynn faces up to six months in prison.

Mr. Flynn’s lawyers also singled out David Laufman, the former counterintelligence chief at the Justice Department’s National Security Division. They said Mr. Laufman pressured Mr. Flynn’s previous lawyer into submitting the false paperwork. But Mr. Flynn’s new lawyers inaccurately described Mr. Laufman’s title at the time and insinuated inaccurately that he left the Justice Department under a cloud amid an internal investigation.

“The attorneys’ claims are nutty and utterly without merit,” Mr. Laufman said in an interview.

Mr. Trump has praised Mr. Flynn’s new lawyer Sidney Powell, who has repeatedly attacked the special counsel’s prosecutors in appearances on Fox News. She also sells T-shirts that depict caricatures of law enforcement officials who have been involved in the investigation — like Mr. Mueller and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey — above the hashtag #CreepsOnAMission.

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