The legal team representing Michael Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, has ended an agreement to share information about the ongoing Russian Federation probe with the White House, a likely sign that Flynn is looking to cooperate with investigators, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
Kushner, who serves as a high-ranking Oval Office aide, reportedly pressured the president to fire then-FBI Director James Comey while the bureau was investigating potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. The only reason for the split would be a conflict of interest. They had been sharing information up until this point.
"No one should draw the conclusion that this means anything about General Flynn cooperating against the president", Jay Sekulow, another attorney for Trump, said on Thursday.
Mueller's rapidly progressing probe has already landed indictments against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates. Information sharing may also be abandoned, for example, when a lawyer is attempting to negotiate with prosecutors, but those negotiations aren't always successful.
President Donald Trump again derided the National Football League on Friday amid news one of his former top official has cut off ties with the president's lawyers.
Mueller is now conducting a special investigation to look into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The New York Times first reported that the two sets of lawyers had stopped communicating.
Sekulow reportedly said the development was "not entirely unexpected".
The former National Security Adviser was sacked just 24 days into the administration after he reportedly lied to Vice President Mike Pence about a meeting he held with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
Mueller has been investigating whether Flynn knowingly made false statements to the government about his foreign travels, income, and contacts on his security clearance form. "He likes General Flynn personally, but understands that they have their own path with the special counsel", a White House lawyer, Ty Cobb, said in an interview last month with The New York Times.