ABC News is reporting that former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s lawyer met with members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team this morning. This follows reports last week that Flynn’s legal team was no longer coordinating his defense with attorneys for Donald Trump.
A Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation, confirmed that Flynn’s lawyers have stopped sharing information with Trump’s team, but described the move as routine and said that it would not affect the president.
These are both strong signs that Michael Flynn is at least attempting to make a deal with Robert Mueller to reduce expected charges against both the former national security adviser and his son.
Sources familiar with the Flynn investigation have told ABC News the retired general has felt increased pressure since prosecutors began focusing attention on his son, Michael G. Flynn, who worked as part of Flynn Intel Group, the consulting firm founded by the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He also traveled with his father to Russia in 2015 for his now famous appearance at a Moscow dinner where he sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
That Flynn would flip is not unexpected. The way Mueller’s team has been working—gradually ramping up the pressure, pulling in associates and relatives involved in illegal activities, showing their seriousness through indictments and actions—is a classic way of “rolling up” a mob organization. It’s a process that’s designed to get cooperation from people high up in the leadership.
“If you’re dead to rights, flipping on others and cooperating with the prosecution is the only sane and rational move,” tweeted Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for New York’s southern district.
But for Mueller to make a deal with Flynn: there’s only one name worth considering.