Published: Thu, January 16, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Former Trump advisor Flynn asks to change plea in Russian Federation probe

Former Trump advisor Flynn asks to change plea in Russian Federation probe

"Michael T. Flynn is innocent".

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn accused prosecutors of pressuring him to lie under oath and told a judge he wants to withdraw his guilty plea to the charge he lied to federal agents.

Powell's comments come after Flynn filed court papers Tuesday to withdraw his guilty plea, saying federal prosecutors had acted in "bad faith" and broken their end of the bargain when they sought prison time for him.

After a judge rejected the government's recommendation that he serve no jail time, Flynn reasserted his guilt and agreed to continue to help prosecutors, even offering to testify against a former business partner in a bid for more leniency.

Mr. Flynn has been cooperating in good faith with the government for two years.

In a big reversal, Flynn's lawyers argued that prosecutors violated a plea agreement that he struck with them because they demanded he give false testimony.

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A judge has since dismissed the allegations. "'The same can not be said for the prosecution which has operated in bad faith from the inception of the 'investigation" and continues relentlessly through this specious prosecution'.

Mr Flynn was one of several former Trump administration aides to plead guilty or be convicted at trial in Mr Mueller's investigation, which detailed Moscow's interference in the 2016 USA election to boost Mr Trump's candidacy, as well as numerous contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Late Tuesday, Powell filed papers with U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington seeking the plea withdrawal and asking for a postponement of Flynn's January 28 sentencing. Gen. Flynn has been targeted by vindictive and unprincipled prosecutors.

In Tuesday's indictment, Flynn's defense requested that the sentence be postponed until February 27 to allow the government to respond to the withdrawal of their client's guilty plea and to provide Flynn with "additional information that he needs to protect the file and his constitutional protection rights in light of important developments in the past 30 days".

"The only thing that changed in Mr. Flynn's case was the appearance of new, unconflicted counsel on Mr. Flynn's behalf, and Mr. Flynn's refusal to lie for the prosecution of Rafiekian with the representation, protection, and advocacy of his new defense team", Powell wrote.

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