Ex-White House adviser Michael Flynn moving to cooperate with Robert Mueller's probe, says report

Washington: Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is moving to cooperate with a special prosecutor probing possible collusion between Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian election meddling, The New York Times reported on Friday.

Lawyers for Michael Flynn notified the president's legal team in recent days that they could no longer discuss the investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, the Times reported, citing four people involved in the case.

 Ex-White House adviser Michael Flynn moving to cooperate with Robert Muellers probe, says report

File image of former NSA Michael Flynn. Reuters

The development indicates that Flynn is cooperating with prosecutors or is negotiating such a deal, the report said.

Flynn's lawyers had been sharing information with Trump's legal team about Mueller's probe related to Russian interference in last year's ballot, which saw Trump defeat his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

"That agreement has been terminated," the Times' sources said.

Flynn, a retired lieutenant general who previously led the Defence Intelligence Agency, became the White House national security adviser after Trump took office on 20 January, 2017.

He was forced to resign three weeks later over his Russia contacts.

Mueller's investigation has already led to the arrest of Trump's one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Manafort's partner Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos, a campaign foreign policy adviser. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Updated Date: Nov 24, 2017 09:06:46 IST