Mueller May Have Flipped Michael Flynn

Mike Flynn was picked for Trump's team because he backed his boss to the hilt
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Preet Bharara, a former US attorney who was sacked by Trump in March, tweeted on Friday that, for someone as burdened as Flynn, "flipping on others and cooperating with the prosecution is the only sane and rational move".

In a comment to the Washington Post on Thursday, Jay Sekulow, Trump's personal attorney, stated, "This is not entirely unexpected".

Flynn has flipped, @realDonaldTrump. Trump, for his part, claimed that he had only asked for Flynn's resignation because Flynn had misled Vice President Pence about the nature of those communications later on.

The termination of the information-sharing agreement, the Times reports, indicates Flynn is likely cooperating with Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election in an attempt to negotiate a more favorable deal for himself. "The White House had been bracing for charges against Mr. Flynn in recent weeks, particularly after charges were filed against three other former Trump associates". Flynn's potential cooperation, however, could be far more damaging for the president because of the length and depth of his involvement with the campaign.

Flynn - a longtime Trump supporter, former Army lieutenant general, and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Obama from 2012 to 2014 - served as the president's national security adviser for less than one month before resigning in February. And he nearly certainly has information they'd find interesting.

Seemingly unconcerned by the optics, Trump jokes with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak in the Oval Office the day after he fired FBI director James Comey, who was leading the Russia investigation.

Flynn has always been at the center of the investigation into Russian efforts to meddle in the election, as well as possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Mueller is also investigating an alleged plot involving Flynn's efforts to return a Muslim cleric living in the United States to Turkey.

He added that Flynn's testimony would also be key to establishing whether the president meets a legal threshold of having a "high likelihood" of knowledge that Russian Federation was committing computer crimes. Mueller has already indicted Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort for similar failures of disclosure. In January, he told federal investigators that he had done no such thing.

The White House has said that neither Mr. Flynn nor other former aides has incriminating information to provide about Mr. Trump.

He speculated Flynn might still be at the first step towards cutting a deal - arranging a "proffer", in which prosecutors decide whether a defendant "is shooting straight" and is suitable for a co-operation arrangement.

Flynn's possible co-operation could also help to define who in the chaotic early days of the Trump administration called the shots, whether behind the scenes or at the forefront.

"If pardons are off the table, co-operation is likely the right move for Flynn", he wrote.

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