Former National Security Advisor Flynn (pictured) may now be providing information over Russia contacts
Developments on Day 308 of the Trump Administration:
Flynn Deal With Mueller Would Point to Testimony v. Top Officials
Lawyers for Michael Flynn, former senior Trump campaign official and ex-National Security Advisor, have indicated that he may be cooperating with the Trump-Russia investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The attorneys have notified Donald Trump’s legal team that they can no longer discuss the investigation, according to “four people involved in the case”. The message came in a phone call from Flynn counsel Robert Kelner to Trump attorney John Dowd on Wednesday evening
It is an ethical violation for defense lawyers to share information when one client is cooperating with prosecutors and another is still under investigation.
The withdrawal does not necessarily establish Flynn’s co-operation with the Mueller team — some lawyers suspend information-sharing arrangements as soon as they begin negotiating with prosecutors. However, Trump’s lawyers see the notification as a sign that Flynn and his son Michael G. Flynn are in discussions with Mueller, according to the four sources.
There has been widespread expectation that Flynn, who was National Security Advisor for 24 days before leaving over his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, would be the next person charged after the indictments of former Trump
campaign manager Paul Manafort and his top aide Rick Gates and the guilty plea of Trump campaign advsisor George Papadopoulos.
Flyn has been under sustained investigation over his work for both Russian and Turkish interests, as well as his December 2016 conversations with Kislyak, on the same day that President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against Moscow.
Flynn’s consultancy received more than $530,000 from an official connected to the Turkish government and about $55,000 from Russia interests, including expenses for a trip to Moscow in which he sat next to President Vladimir Putin at a ceremonial dinner.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Flynn and his son could face prosecution over meetings in September and December 2016 with Turkish officials. The Flynns allegedly discussed the abduction and transfer to Turkey of exiled cleric Fetullah Gülen, accused by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of responsibility for a failed coup in July 2016.
White House lawyer Ty Cobb has played down any possibility that Flynn, a retired three-star general, has any incriminating information on Trump:
He likes General Flynn personally, but understands that they have their own path with the special counsel. I think he would be sad for them, as a friend and a former colleague, if the process results in punishment or indictments. But to the extent that that happens, that’s beyond his control.
Trump’s “Invisible” F-35 Jet Fighter
Donald Trump surprises Coast Guard members in a Thanksgiving Day visit to a Florida base by extolling the “invisible” F-35 jet fighter — which is very small and designed to be harder to track by radar, but is not invisible:
[The Air Force is] ordering a lot of planes, in particular the F-35 fighter jet, which is, you know, almost like an invisible fighter.
I was asking the Air Force guys, I said, “How good is this plane?” They said, “Well, sir, you can’t see it.” I said, “Yeah, but in a fight — you know, a fight — like I watch in the movies — they fight, they’re fighting. How good is this?”
They say, “Well, it wins every time because the enemy cannot see it. Even if t’s right next to it, it can’t see it.” I said, ‘That helps.’ That’s a good thing.”
Trump first hailed the “invisible” F-35 when speaking to reporters in Puerto Rice in October.