Michael Flynn could be turning on Donald Trump, with a report that the former national security adviser is now cooperating with investigators in the probe of Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential election.
Flynn was fired by Trump just weeks into the start of his term after reports showed that Flynn had secretly met with Russian officials during the campaign. There are reports that Flynn is now a central figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, though there has been no official word and Mueller’s team remains tight-lipped.
Flynn could now be turning against Trump and other former campaign ofiicals. Claude Taylor, a former White House staffer under Bill Clinton and now an independent journalist reporting on the Russia investigation on Twitter, has claimed that Flynn has now become a cooperating witness in the investigation. Though Taylor has come under scrutiny for what at times appear to be outlandish claims regarding the Russia investigation, he has also been ahead of a number of stories, breaking news about sealed indictments and the investigation centering on Jared Kushner.
Taylor claimed that a reliable source told him about Flynn’s cooperation with the investigation. The news comes days after the arrest of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager who is accused of laundering millions of dollars. It is believed that Mueller is using the charges to press on Manafort, getting him to cooperate with the investigation.
There are previous reports that Flynn’s son, Michael G. Flynn Jr., is also in the investigation’s crosshairs. NBC News had previously reported that the younger Flynn is the subject of a federal investigation into Russian meddling in the election, as well as potential collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. The investigation is reportedly connected to the work that Flynn Jr.’s did with his father’s lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group.
If true, then Robert Mueller could be following a pattern he used to success in the prosecution of Enron executives. As the New York Times noted, the then-FBI director went after the wife of CFO Andrew Fastow, charging her with tax evasion for reportedly helping her husband filter money away from the company. With that charge, Mueller was able to turn Fastow against the company’s other executives, using his testimony to get more convictions.
It is not clear yet what charges Michael Flynn may be facing, though there are rumors that he will be the next indicted and arrested in the Russia investigation.
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