President Trump recently got an ominous signal from former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's lawyers: they would no longer discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller'sinvestigation with the Trump legal team, after previously sharing information with one another, presumably a sign the early campaign surrogate is cooperating with Mueller's team and potentially in the process of negotiating a deal.
Given the criminal exposure Flynn is believed to have - for initially failing to disclose $530,000 U.S. in payments from the Turkish government and potentially violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act - there's incentive for him to play ball.
Flynn was sacked earlier this year for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
If legitimate, Flynn's cooperation with the prosecution would give the special counsel investigation insight into the Trump campaign's operations and the early days of Mr. Trump's presidency.
Now it appears that Flynn might already be divulging what he knows, and likely opening a line of communication with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators.
Defence lawyers with different clients sometimes enter into "joint-defence agreements" with one another if they share a common legal interest, in order to keep each other updated and to strategize without betraying attorney-client privilege.
Flynn has always been at the center of the investigation into Russian efforts to meddle in the election, as well as possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
It's possible that Flynn is merely in discussions with Mueller's office, and that those talks will ultimately fall through.
Lawyers for Mr. Flynn and Mr. Trump declined to comment.
Former campaign head Paul Manafort was indicted last month on a number of financial allegations dating back to his work with a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party.
"Flynn can tell investigators more about what Trump was [allegedly] doing really behind the scenes with respect to Russian Federation than any witness Mueller now has ready and steady access to", he said. According to the Times, Flynn has "expressed serious concerns to friends that prosecutors will bring charges against hisson, Michael Flynn Jr." in recent weeks.
Flynn had a security clearance during Mr. Trump's campaign and the subsequent transition to the White House as a result of his service as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. And he nearly certainly has information they'd find interesting. During the latter period, Flynn and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, took a private meeting with Kislyak. "Especially given that these prosecutors, many come out of working cases on corporations and the mob, two areas where structure would be very important". Former President Obama fired Flynn from that position in 2014, but he retained the clearance.