SHAKE UP: Michael Flynn Fires His Attorneys!


Big news out as Michael Flynn has fired his attorneys.

Yes, the same attorneys who negotiated the Mueller plea deal for him. 

The *TERRIBLE Mueller plea deal.

Here are the breaking reports:

You have to wonder what is up?

Is Flynn preparing to fight back?

Will there be a pardon coming?

Here are more details on the shake up, from CNN:

President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has fired his lawyers who arranged a 2017 plea deal that helped set the tone for others to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Flynn's attorneys, Rob Kelner and Steve Anthony, said in a court filing Thursday morning their longtime client was "terminating" them, and that he has already found new legal representation. 

The new lawyer or lawyers have not yet announced who they are to the court.

The announcement also comes shortly after a transcript was released of a voicemail Kelner had received from Trump personal attorney John Dowd on the eve of Flynn's plea deal, suggesting the White House should be kept apprised of what Flynn was doing. Flynn turned that voicemail over to prosecutors -- and Mueller credited him for doing so. The voice mail became part of Mueller's investigation into whether Trump had tried to sway cooperators.

Flynn, who continues to delay his sentencing after a disastrous court hearing last December and subsequent developments that put the spotlight on the Covington & Burling law firm, was one of the Mueller's investigations earliest and important cooperators. 

Flynn admitted in December 2017 to lying to the FBI while they interviewed him in the White House in January 2017 about discussing foreign policy with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and about his lobbying for Turkey.

Once he agreed to help Mueller, the fired Trump adviser sat for 19 interviews with the special counsel's office and other federal prosecutors.

Yet at the December 2018 hearing, Judge Emmet Sullivan grew angry about an implication in a court filing by Flynn's attorneys that his lies were not as serious or deliberate as other Mueller defendants.

The lawyers took full responsibility for making the argument before the judge.

"The decisions," Kelner said at the December hearing, "made by me, made by Mr. Anthony, are entirely ours and really should not and do not diminish in any way General Flynn's acceptance of responsibility in this case."

Kelner and Anthony declined to comment Thursday.

The lawyers from Covington, a large and storied Washington law firm, have had a highly visible and fraught role in helping to defend Flynn during the Mueller investigation.

Some of their work for Flynn even became significant evidence in Mueller's investigation of whether the President obstructed justice.

Prosecutors released the full transcript of the Dowd voicemail last week following a court order from Sullivan, and it was quoted in the Mueller report.

The Covington attorneys helped to win the most lenient support from prosecutors for Flynn compared to any cooperator in the Mueller investigation. Mueller's team asked the judge to give Flynn as little as no jail time.

Mueller also interviewed the Flynn attorney as a witness in the investigation, an unusual step -- and cited those conversations in his report.

After delaying Flynn's sentencing last year, Flynn and his attorneys have become central to another criminal case against his former lobbying partner Bijan Rafiekian, who also goes by Bijan Kian. Rafiekian has pleaded not guilty, and Flynn is expected to testify against him at that trial this summer.

The Covington lawyers, too, have been roped into that case. Previously, Rafiekian won access to legal work the law firm did for the Flynn Intel Group.

Fox News covered more:

Meanwhile, MSN reports a judge may not allow the shakeup:

A federal judge denied the request by Michael Flynn’s lawyers to withdraw from his case. 

Attorneys for President Trump’s former national security adviser said in a court filing Thursday that Flynn was “terminating” them as their counsel. 

“General Flynn has notified the undersigned that he is terminating Covington & Burling as his counsel and has already retained new counsel for this matter,” Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony wrote. 

Judge Emmet Sullivan denied the motion, saying it did not comply with local court rules and the attorneys’ “failure to indicate the manner in which the motion was served upon Mr. Flynn.” 

It was not clear whom Flynn had hired to replace Kelner and Anthony, and his sentencing date has not yet been scheduled. 

He pleaded guilty in December 2017 for lying to the FBI about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

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