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Michael Flynn may have cut ties with Trump to co-operate with Mueller probe: reports

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WATCH ABOVE: Lawyers for Michael Flynn, U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, have told Trump's legal team they can no longer discuss special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Reuters' Colette Luke reports – Nov 24, 2017

Michael Flynn’s lawyers recently told U.S. President Donald Trump’s legal team that they could no longer discuss Robert Mueller’s investigation, reports the New York Times.

The report also says that the former national security adviser may be co-operating with the special counsel’s investigation, and is potentially negotiating a deal with prosecutors.

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Flynn served 24 days as Trump’s national security adviser but was fired after it was discovered he had misrepresented his contacts with a Russian diplomat to Vice-President Michael Pence.

Up until recently, Flynn’s lawyers had been sharing information with the president’s legal team about Mueller’s investigation, in which he’s examining whether anyone around Trump contributed to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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The Hill notes that ending the information-sharing agreement does not in itself indicate that Flynn is working with the Mueller probe.

The Times also states that some lawyers pull out of information-sharing arrangements as soon as they begin negotiating with prosecutors, but these negotiations don’t always result in a deal.

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Flynn’s lawyers reportedly told Trump’s team about the decision over the past few days, according to four sources who spoke to the Times.

Flynn is a central figure in a federal probe led by Mueller into whether Trump aides colluded with Russia to boost his 2016 presidential campaign. Russia has denied interfering in the U.S. election and Trump has said there was no collusion.

This past March, Flynn’s attorney released a statement suggesting that the former national security adviser had more to say.

“General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.”

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In addition, the president tweeted during that time that Flynn should ask for immunity — a request which was later denied by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

-With a file from Reuters. 

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