Michael Flynn

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea in the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe on Tuesday.
The motion said he was withdrawing his plea “because of the government’s bad faith, vindictiveness, and breach of the plea agreement.”
Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to one count of lying to the FBI. Since then, he cooperated extensively with the government and, as prosecutors previously said, provided “substantial assistance” in the Russia probe and other ongoing investigations.
But Flynn shifted to a more combative stance last year when he fired his legal team and hired new defense attorneys who tried to get his case thrown out.
The Justice Department subsequently withdrew its request that Flynn be sentenced to probation and asked that he be sentenced to at least six months in prison.
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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn filed a motion through his lawyers on Tuesday to withdraw his guilty plea in the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to one count of lying to the FBI and had been cooperating with prosecutors since then. He participated in 19 interviews with Mueller’s team and prosecutors working on other federal criminal investigations. But Flynn switched course when he hired a new legal team that has been trying to get his case dismissed.

Flynn’s motion on Tuesday comes a week before his sentencing hearing. His new legal team said the former national security adviser and three-star general was withdrawing his plea “because of the government’s bad faith, vindictiveness, and breach of the plea agreement.”

The Justice Department reversed its recommendation for Flynn to only receive probation and asked a federal judge to sentence him to up to six months in prison.

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