Former US national security advisor Michael Flynn will probably cooperate with the US Justice Department’s special counsel Robert Mueller who is probing possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s election campaign team and Russia during last year’s presidential election.
Lawyers for Flynn notified Trump’s legal team in recent days that they could no longer discuss the investigation by US Justice Department special prosecutor Robert Mueller, The New York Times reported on Thursday, citing four people involved in the case.
Flynn’s lawyers had been sharing information with Trump’s legal team about Mueller’s probe related to Russian interference in last year’s presidential election.
“That agreement has been terminated,” the sources told the newspaper.
Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, briefly served as US national security advisor for Trump from January 20 to February 13, 2017. His tenure of just 24 days was the shortest in the history of the office
Flynn was forced to resign after information surfaced about his communications with then Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and claims he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about those contacts.
Mueller is now reported to have gathered sufficient evidence to bring charges against Flynn and his son, which would bring his investigation another leap closer to Trump.
Mueller’s investigation has already led to the arrest of Trump’s one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Manafort’s partner Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos, a campaign foreign policy
US intelligence agencies claimed in January that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election to try to help Trump defeat his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
The US Justice Department and three congressional committees have also been probing Russian meddling in US politics
Although nothing has linked the president directly to the Russians, US media have reported that his firing of FBI director James Comey has drawn Mueller’s attention.
Trump fired Comey in May, citing the FBI chief’s probe into the alleged links between the presidential campaign and Russian interference, as well as Comey’s alleged protection of Clinton.