by Daveda Gruber:
While awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to charges in his criminal case, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn abruptly fired his legal team.
A new legal team has already been retained by Flynn who, in an interesting move, has cut his relationship with the law firm Covington & Burling which had represented Flynn in the past.
A two page motion was filed by the well-respected legal team Flynn has used since the start of the Russia probe. Covington lawyers Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony in D.C. federal court on Thursday. The attorneys asked the court for permission to formerly withdraw from the case.
The motion read, “General Flynn has notified the undersigned that he is terminating Covington & Burling LLP as his counsel and has already retained new counsel for this matter.”
It is not known, as of yet, which law firm has been hired by Flynn.
During an interview in January 2017, Flynn had pleaded guilty to providing false statements to the FBI. In December 2016, he admitted to lying about his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Flynn had spent a lot of time with former Special Counsel Mueller and federal prosecutors and was fully cooperating with them.
Flynn’s friends and family have accused Mueller’s team of deception and argued that Flynn was tricked into pleading guilty. Some have urged Flynn to seek to withdraw his plea. Maybe that is the next order of business?
Flynn has not wavered from asking Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan, to delay his sentencing while he continued his government cooperation.
Sullivan has yet to set a sentencing date even though Flynn attended a sentencing hearing in December 2018.
Federal prosecutors have refused to release a transcript of recorded conversations between Flynn and Kislyak that Sullivan had requested in May. Prosecutors stated that the transcript was not relevant in ascertaining that Flynn was guilty or in making a sentencing recommendation.
Remember that this was a part of the Robert Mueller Russian probe and as we have come to learn, those people are out for blood.
I don’t know if General Flynn is innocent or guilty but I can tell you this, the investigation went out of control and people in every walk of life who had dealings with then citizen Donald J. Trump and now President Trump were dragged through the mud.
Personally, I believe that Flynn is a good man and didn’t deserve to have all this dumped on him.