Michael Flynn Abruptly Fires His Lawyers

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has fired his lawyers, signaling a potential change in his legal strategy as he awaits sentencing in the special counsel’s probe.

Robert Kelner, a partner at Covington & Burling, said in a court filing Thursday that Flynn terminated their arrangement and has already hired new lawyers.

Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, to making false statements to the FBI on Jan. 24, 2017, regarding his conversations with Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn cooperated extensively with the special counsel’s probe. He was interviewed by the special counsel’s office 17 times on a variety of topics, including his work on the Trump campaign and during the presidential transition period.

Flynn has also cooperated with federal prosecutors investigating his consulting firm’s work for the Turkish government. Flynn is expected to testify at a trial for his former business partner, Bijan Rafiekian, that is expected to start next month.

It is not clear why Flynn is replacing Covington & Burling as counsel. Kelner declined comment. A source close to Flynn told The Daily Caller News Foundation that a statement is likely to be released in the coming days.

Flynn has laid low since being fired as national security adviser on Feb. 14, 2017. While his legal team has counseled him to avoid the public spotlight, Flynn’s family members and friends have urged a more aggressive public response to the special counsel’s probe.

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