The lack of charges against Michael Flynn and Michael G. Flynn, despite reports that Robert Mueller already has enough evidence to arrest the former national security adviser and his son, invites the obvious question: has the former Trump adviser already turned state's witness?
One of President Trump's attorneys, Jay Sekulow, said that Trump's team and Flynn's never formally signed a joint defense agreement, so there is nothing notable about Flynn's attorneys no longer sharing information. The tantalizing possibility that Flynn, like George Papadopoulos, has flipped, gained new currency last week when The New York Times reported that Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, had ended an agreement to share relevant information about the ongoing Justice Department investigation with Donald Trump's legal team-a move that could presage an arrangement with Mueller.
Mr. Kelner did not immediately return a request for comment Monday.
Considering the tweets that have come from Trump over the last months, it's unlikely he'd see Flynn's cooperation as helpful to his desire to have all the Russian meddling stuff go away. The Times noted that "it is unethical for lawyers to work together when one client is cooperating with prosecutors and another is still under investigation".
According to multiple outlets, he is under investigation for an alleged quid pro quo with the Turkish government, in which Flynn would have been paid millions of dollars in exchange for the extradition of a Muslim cleric living in the U.S.
ABC News casts these developments as potential evidence that "Flynn is preparing to negotiate with prosecutors over a deal that could include his testimony against the president or senior White House officials".
Mr. Flynn, a retired lieutenant general who previously led the Defence Intelligence Agency, became the White House national security advisor after Mr. Trump took office on January 20 this year.