According to The New York Times, former Trump national security advisor Gen. Michael Flynn has cut off communications with the president about the special counsel's investigation, signaling that Flynn is either now negotiating or has "cut a deal" with the Russia probe investigators.
The Times' sources say that Flynn's lawyers informed Trump's legal team this week that they "could no longer discuss the special counsel’s investigation." Flynn's lawyers had agreed to share information about the investigation with Trump's representatives, but that agreement appears to be over.
"Defense lawyers frequently share information during investigations, but they must stop when doing so would pose a conflict of interest," the Times explains. "It is unethical for lawyers to work together when one client is cooperating with prosecutors and another is still under investigation."
Such information sharing is also often paused if one party is negotiating with investigators, which might be the case here. Either way, Flynn's representation appears to be in talks with special counsel Robert Mueller's team.
Flynn has been a potential person of interest in the Russia investigation from the start in part because of his communication with a Russian ambassador during the transition which he failed to properly disclose, as well as his contact with Vladimir Putin back in 2015. It was Flynn's failure to fully disclose his conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that got him booted from the administration within a month after Trump's inauguration.
So far, Mueller has singled out three Trump associates, with many expecting Flynn to be the fourth. In late October, Mueller charged Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates on a 12-count indictment, which includes "conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, acting as an unregistered foreign agent," as well as funneling over $75 million through an offshore account and effectively laundering over $18 million.
Former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos cut a plea deal with the special counsel and claims to have attempted to gain "dirt" on Hillary Clinton from a Russia-connected source on behalf of the Trump administration.
Despite the charges thus far issued by the counsel, no evidence of Trump's alleged "collusion" with the Russian government has been offered by investigators, and Trump continues to express confidence that none will be found, dismissing the investigation, which started with the salacious and still "unverified" Democrat-funded Trump-Russia dossier, as nothing more than a partisan witch hunt.