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Has Michael Flynn Signed a Plea Deal With Robert Mueller?

Robert Mueller may have secured yet another plea deal.
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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 1: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Feb. 01, 2017. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The attorney for President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn met with members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team Monday morning, furthering speculation he may be willing to take a plea bargain in the Russia investigation. The president’s legal team confirmed last week that Flynn’s attorney Robert Kelner told the team he could no longer engage in privileged discussion about defense strategy in the case, according to ABC News.

Sources familiar with the Flynn investigation have said Flynn has faced more pressure “since prosecutors began focusing attention on his son, Michael G. Flynn, who worked as part of the Flynn Intel Group, the consulting firm founded by the elder Flynn a former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.” The younger Flynn also traveled with his father to Russia in 2015 for his appearance at a dinner in Moscow where he sat next to Vladimir Putin.

Congressional Democrats have confirmed they’ve forwarded pertinent information to Mueller’s team. They allege Flynn illegally concealed more than a dozen foreign contacts and overseas trips while renewing his security clearances.

“It appears that General Flynn violated federal law by omitting this trip and these foreign contacts from his security clearance renewal application in 2016 and concealing them from security clearance investigators who interviewed him as part of the background check process,” Reps. Elijah Cummings and Eliot L. Engel, both Democrats, wrote in a letter to Flynn’s attorney in September.

Flynn, a decorated military officer, resigned from the White House in disgrace after he provided false information about his communications with the Russian government, particularly after the news of his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the United States, became public.

According to former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, who recently weighed in on Mueller’s decision to question witnesses about presidential adviser Jared Kushner’s conversations and meetings with foreign leaders during the transition, the news about Flynn’s legal team no longer sharing information with the Trump administration’s legal team “tells us a lot.”

He goes on to note that the fact that “Flynn’s lawyers aren’t sharing information with Trump’s lawyers means that they believe it is no longer in Flynn’s interest to do so. It is highly likely that it means Flynn is pursuing a cooperation deal with Mueller.” This is a “shocking development,” he goes on to say, largely “because it means that Flynn does not expect Trump to pardon him or his son, or he believes that him or his son could be convicted of unpardonable state offenses. If pardons are off the table, cooperation is likely the right move for Flynn.”

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