Flynn’s Lawyers Cut Talks with Trump Team Signalling Mueller Cooperation

Trump Fires National Security Adviser Michael Flynns SonLawyers for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trumpโ€™s former national security adviser, have told Trumpโ€™s legal team they can no longer discuss a probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, indicating Flynn may be cooperating with the investigation, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

The Times reported that Flynnโ€™s lawyers had been sharing information with Trumpโ€™s legal team about the Mueller investigation. Citing four unnamed people involved in the case, the newspaper reported the cooperation agreement had ended.

Due to rules that aim to prevent conflicts of interest when lawyers represent clients, the move by Flynnโ€™s lawyers to stop communicating with Trumpโ€™s lawyers indicated Flynn was now cooperating with Mueller, the Times said, although adding that in itself was not proof.

But the development has led Trumpโ€™s lawyers to believe that Flynn has begun discussions with Mueller about cooperating, according to the Times.

Flynn served 24 days as Trumpโ€™s national security adviser but was fired after it was discovered he had misrepresented his contacts with a Russian diplomat to Vice President Mike Pence.

Muellerโ€™s inquiry is looking into Flynnโ€™s paid work as a lobbyist for a Turkish businessman in 2016, in addition to contacts between Russian officials and Flynn and other Trump associates during and after the Nov. 8 presidential election, Reuters reported in June.

A lawyer for Flynnโ€™s son, Michael Flynn Jr., who worked with his father and is also being investigated by Mueller, according to a person familiar with the matter, declined to comment.