Michael Flynn "has a story to tell", the fired US national security adviser's lawyer promised back in March, hinting at a trove of insider information relevant to an investigation of links between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
While it hasn't been confirmed that there is any cooperation yet between Mueller and Flynn, the decision to part ways with the White House lawyers suggests that talks are at least underway between the two.
A deal with Mr. Flynn would give Mr. Mueller a behind-the-scenes look at the Trump campaign and the early tumultuous weeks of the administration.
Early in March, Flynn also registered as a foreign agent for lobbying work on behalf of a "Dutch consulting firm owned by a Turkish businessman with ties to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan", USA Today reported at the time.
"The four people briefed on the matter spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly", the Times noted.
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"Flynn may or may not have dirt on the [president], but he surely will roll over on Kush [ner], who will flip like a pancake on [Trump's alleged] obstruction", Eisen tweeted. Forget wasting our money playing golf.
He resigned his position as national security adviser in February following revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. And if it is a plea that doesn't necessarily mean it has anything to do with the president.
Flynn initially told investigators that he did not discuss sanctions with Kislyak during a December call, but when later pressed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, he changed his answer, claiming he didn't remember.
A retired Army general, Flynn remains a key figure in the investigation of Russian meddling being led by Special Counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller. That film would have revolved around exiled Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara has accused of trying to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Edorgan previous year, people familiar with the investigation told the Journal. More recently, on November 10, the Journal reported that Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., had been part of an alleged scheme to "forcibly remove" Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen - seen by Erdogan as a political enemy - from his home in the United States, and "deliver him to Turkey in return for millions of dollars".
Flynn's attorney's disputed the report. If Flynn has chose to formally consider cooperating with prosecutors, then it would be standard practice for his lawyers to quit talking shop with Trump's team.