Michael Flynn Hires New Counsel, Will Continue Cooperating With The Government

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn will remain in his plea agreement with the federal government and continue cooperating with prosecutors, his new counsel said Wednesday.

“[T]he General is going to continue to cooperate with the government,” Sidney Powell, Flynn’s new lawyer, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. The Hill first reported Wednesday that Flynn hired Powell, a former assistant U.S. attorney who has been heavily critical of the special counsel’s probe.

Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, fired his lawyers at Covington & Burling last Thursday.

Flynn’s decision stoked speculation that he was reconsidering his plea agreement with the government. Others speculated that massive legal bills were behind Flynn’s move. He has created a legal defense fund to help cover his legal expenses.

Powell told TheDCNF that it will take her “a good while” as long as three months to digest the documents in Flynn’s case.

Flynn has cooperated with several aspects of the special counsel’s investigation since pleading guilty on Dec. 1, 2017. Flynn acknowledged making false statements to the FBI in a Jan. 24, 2017 interview regarding his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, who served as Russia’s ambassador.

Flynn met 17 times with the special counsel’s office. He has provided information about his interactions on the Trump campaign, during the transition period and during his short stint as national security adviser. Flynn has also cooperated with prosecutors in Virginia on a case involving his former business partners at Flynn Intel Group. Flynn is expected to testify at the trial of Bijan Kian, who was indicted on charges that he failed to register as a foreign agent of Turkey.