Ex-Trump aide Flynn moves to cooperate with Russia probe — report
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Ex-Trump aide Flynn moves to cooperate with Russia probe — report

Legal team of former White House adviser said no longer communicating with Trump team regarding Mueller investigation into election interference

In this file photo from Feb. 1, 2017, then US national security adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
In this file photo from Feb. 1, 2017, then US national security adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON — Former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn is moving to cooperate with a special prosecutor probing possible collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian election meddling, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Lawyers for Michael Flynn notified the president’s legal team in recent days that they could no longer discuss the investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, the Times reported, citing four people involved in the case.

The development indicates that Flynn is cooperating with prosecutors or is negotiating such a deal, the report said.

Flynn’s lawyers had been sharing information with Trump’s legal team about Mueller’s probe related to Russian interference in last year’s ballot, which saw Trump defeat his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

“That agreement has been terminated,” the Times’ sources said.

This file photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows then FBI Director Robert Mueller arriving to testify before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

Flynn, a retired lieutenant-general who previously led the Defense Intelligence Agency, became the White House national security advisor after Trump took office in January 2017.

He was forced to resign three weeks later after White House officials concluded that he had misled them about the nature of his contacts during the transition period with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

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 advisor. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Lawyers for Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., declined to comment Thursday. Flynn’s son has also come under investigation from Mueller’s team of prosecutors.

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