Flynn’s Legal Team Just Cut Ties To Trump’s Lawyers
NBC News reports that things may be heating up for Trump and his family. “In a move that could signal an impending shift in the special counsel investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller, former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s legal team has formally cut ties with lawyers around President Donald Trump and his family.”
Legal experts say defense teams will often share information and materials they have in common while advocating for separate clients until no longer willing or able under the law to do so.
Sources familiar with the investigation have told NBC News that federal investigators have gathered enough evidence to bring charges against Flynn and his son.
The New York Times broke the story Thursday, reporting that the move could indicate that Flynn is either cooperating with Mueller’s team or is trying to negotiate some sort of a deal:
Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, notified the president’s legal team in recent days that they could no longer discuss the special counsel’s investigation, according to four people involved in the case — an indication that Mr. Flynn is cooperating with prosecutors or negotiating a deal.
Mr. Flynn’s lawyers had been sharing information with Mr. Trump’s lawyers about the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, who is examining whether anyone around Mr. Trump was involved in Russian efforts to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
That agreement has been terminated, the four people said. Defense lawyers frequently share information during investigations, but they must stop when doing so would pose a conflict of interest. It is unethical for lawyers to work together when one client is cooperating with prosecutors and another is still under investigation.
As NBC News noted: “Mueller’s probe has so far resulted in the indictments of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, on money laundering and other charges. They have pleaded not guilty. The indictments center on their lobbying work before Manafort joined the Trump campaign; also, former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about his contacts with Kremlin-connected Russians.”