Shocking new reports have indicated that former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn may be cooperating with White House Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The New York Times reported that Flynn’s lawyers have terminated an agreement with White House lawyers to share information. An agreement such as this one would have to be terminated if one party began cooperating with prosecutors because of a potential conflict of interest that could damage the non-cooperating defendant.
“Mr. Flynn’s lawyers had been sharing information with Mr. Trump’s lawyers about the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, who is examining whether anyone around Mr. Trump was involved in Russian efforts to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign,” the Times reported.
“That agreement has been terminated, the four people said. Defense lawyers frequently share information during investigations, but they must stop when doing so would pose a conflict of interest. It is unethical for lawyers to work together when one client is cooperating with prosecutors and another is still under investigation.”
“The notification alone does not prove that Mr. Flynn is cooperating with Mr. Mueller. Some lawyers withdraw from information-sharing arrangements as soon as they begin negotiating with prosecutors. And such negotiations sometimes fall apart,” the report continued. “Still, the notification led Mr. Trump’s lawyers to believe that Mr. Flynn — who, along with his son, is seen as having significant criminal exposure — has, at the least, begun discussions with Mr. Mueller about cooperating.”