In anticipation of of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s testimony in front of a grand jury regarding his links to the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation, special counselor Robert Mueller has opted to postpone the appearance, CNN has reported. The move has sparked heavy indications of a possible plea deal.
According to CNN, aside Flynn himself, other witnesses linked to the disgraced former NSA chief were expected to testify, including a public relations consultant hired by Flynn’s foreign lobbying firm.
The delay is especially surprising given Mueller’s swift progress thus far in the investigation. Whereas witnesses were initially given an early December deadline to appear before the grand jury, the postponement was announced without reason.
While it is entirely possible that the delay could be the result of a scheduling issue, the move comes amid intensified scrutiny into Mike Flynn.
“Flynn’s attorney told Trump’s legal team last week that he would no longer share information about the investigation, a move that signals Flynn is beginning conversations with the government that could involve a plea deal or a cooperation agreement. ABC News reported that Flynn’s attorney met with special counsel’s attorneys on Monday.”
Mueller’s investigation has already resulted in charges for three former Trump aides. Last month, the FBI levied charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his longtime associate and former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates, and former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos has already pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and has been cooperating with investigators.
While Trump’s deceptive practices may have worked in his previous life, the President is getting a crash course in accountability at the highest levels of government.
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