Is former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn now cooperating with Robert Mueller's special investigation? Sources tell the AP and the New York Times that Flynn's legal team has informed Trump's lawyers that they can no longer discuss the investigation with them, a move that suggests Flynn is now either working with prosecutors or trying to negotiate a deal. Information-sharing deals like the one between the Flynn and Trump legal teams usually need to be terminated if one party begins negotiating with prosecutors or a similar conflict of interest develops, the Washington Post notes. Flynn has been a major figure in Mueller's investigation of alleged Russian election interference.
Flynn's ties to Russia go back to before he joined the Trump campaign. He was forced out of the administration after 24 days over his talks with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition period. The Times' sources say Flynn has recently expressed concern that his son and former chief of staff, Michael Flynn Jr., might be charged as part of the investigation. Per the Hill, Mueller is already believed to have enough evidence to indict both Flynns. Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said Thursday that the development between the legal teams was "not entirely unexpected." He added: "No one should draw the conclusion that this means anything about General Flynn cooperating against the president." (Mueller is believed to be probing an alleged Flynn plot to abduct a Turkish cleric.)