Thanksgiving brings some very unwelcome news for Trump and his legal team. The New York Times reports that the attorney for former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has ceased communicating with Trump’s lawyers, which is a pretty clear sign that he has been turned by Mueller.
Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, notified the president’s legal team in recent days that they could no longer discuss the special counsel’s investigation, according to four people involved in the case, an indication that Mr. Flynn is cooperating with prosecutors or negotiating a deal.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.
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.
This is a potentially huge development, but not an unexpected one. Like Manafort, Flynn is facing a long list of potential criminal charges that he is almost certainly guilty of, charges that could land him in jail for a long time. That’s the perfect situation for a prosecutor who wants to get him to cooperate with them and turn over someone bigger up the line, and the only bigger fish to fry here is Trump himself. He’s almost certainly going to cut a deal and provide documents, an affidavit and/or testimony against Trump in exchange for a lighter sentence or immunity from some of those charges.