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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 03:21 PM

Michael Flynn hires fierce FBI critic as new lawyer [View all]

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Source: Politico

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has a new attorney: former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, one of the earliest and fiercest critics of the Justice Department and the FBI's investigation into a potential conspiracy between President Trump's campaign and Russia.

The move appears to signal a shift in posture, if not in strategy: Powell, a former Justice Department attorney who has written extensively about overzealous prosecutors, has claimed that Flynn was spied on as part of a "set-up" by the FBI, and that his entire case should be "dismissed," taking a far more aggressive public stance than Flynn's previous lawyers, Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony, ever did.

Flynn, who fired Kelner and Anthony last week, awaits sentencing for lying to the FBI about his conversations with former Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the transition period. The current federal court docket still doesn't list a lawyer for Flynn.

Powell said in October that Flynn should withdraw his guilty plea. But she indicated in an email to POLITICO on Wednesday that Flynn's legal strategy hadn't changed. "He will continue to cooperate with the government as he has done from the beginning," she wrote.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/12/michael-flynn-lawyer-1362006

Friday is the day set for his new sentencing hearing.

Matthew Miller✔@matthewamiller
Hard to understand why he didn’t wait until after sentencing to make such a provocative hire. But this isn’t the first bad decision Mike Flynn has made in his life.

Ryan J. Reilly✔@ryanjreilly
Michael Flynn’s new attorney hawks t-shirts calling Mueller, Comey, McCabe, Weissmann et al “creeps” with the “Department of Just-Us.”

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