Ex-Trump adviser Flynn to appear in court with Mueller critic as his new lawyer

Reuters | June 24, 2019

Ex-Trump adviser Flynn to appear in court with Mueller critic as his new lawyer
U.S. President Donald Trump’s convicted former national security adviser Michael Flynn will appear in court on Monday for the first time since hiring a new lawyer who criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The lawyer, Sidney Powell, is a conservative commentator who frequently appears on Fox News and sells t-shirts that say “Creeps on a Mission” featuring images of Mueller, former FBI Director James Comey and other Justice Department officials. Flynn was among the first people in Trump’s inner circle to be charged by Mueller’s prosecutors for lying to investigators about his December 2016 conversations with Sergei Kislyak, Russia’s then-ambassador in Washington, about U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow by President Barack Obama. Flynn worked on Trump’s election campaign and the conversations took place between Trump’s November election victory and his inauguration in January 2017.

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Pure Storage Powers Government Infrastructure Modernization and Cloud Transformation

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