The US Department of Justice is moving to drop the criminal charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn was among the former aides to President Donald Trump convicted during the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election interference. He had pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the US. Flynn had been seeking to withdraw his guilty plea.
Lawyers for President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, informed President Trump’s legal team, Wednesday, that discussion of special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in 2016’s election cannot continue between them. The communication termination could be a sign that Flynn is planning to cooperate with the investigation. Flynn’s lawyers did not respond to comment requests.
Michael Flynn has been issued a subpoena pertaining to information involving Russia just a day after former FBI director, Comey, was fired. Flynn had declined to give any documents that the Intelligence Committee had requested, therefore was issued with a subpoena, the first one, to be issued in this investigation over Russia’s meddling in the election.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has requested documents pertaining to Michael Flynn from the White House. Though not a formal subpoena, this is the first time the special counsel is asking the White House for documents. Investigators from the SC have questioned various witnesses about whether Flynn was paid by the Turkish government, and have spent countless hours poring over Flynn’s Turkish-American business dealings.
Democrats in the house are demanding action over former national security adviser Michael Flynn after learning that he misled the Pentagon about his income from Russia when applying for a renewal to his top-secret security clearance in 2016. He has told investigators in February 2016 that his contacts with foreign nationals were not substantial and received no income from international sources. The House letter with the new information, written by Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, was made public hours after Mr. Flynn formally rejected a subpoena from senators investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and chose to instead invoke his right against self-incrimination.
A memo written by former FBI director James Comey in February revealed that president Trump asked the FBI to drop the case on Flynn. The president told Comey “I hope you can let this go,” according to the memo. The former FBI director’s records indicate that he may have notes of his own regarding Trump who threatened Comey with alleged recordings of their meetings. The White House denies the claims made by the report as inaccurate. The question is by pressuring the FBI to drop the investigation, whether the President has crossed any legal boundaries into criminal behavior.
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said Monday that she alerted the White House earlier this year that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn could be essentially blackmailed by the Russians. Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians, Yates told a Senate judiciary subcommittee, in a high-profile hearing on Russian meddling into the US election. We weren’t the only ones that knew all of this, that the Russians also knew about what General Flynn had done and the Russians also knew that General Flynn had misled the vice president and others, Yates said, relating the contents of her conversation with White House Counsel Donald McGahn.
Barack Obama warned Donald Trump in November against hiring Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign as national security adviser after it emerged he had extensive contacts with the Russian ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak, and had not given a full account of them to other White House officials. The outgoing president issued the warning when the two men met in the White House two days after Trump’s election victory, White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed on Monday. “It’s true that President Obama made it known that he wasn’t exactly a fan of Gen Flynn’s,” Spicer said, but added that such remarks were unsurprising as Flynn had been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s policies.