So much for the plea deal and cooperation with prosecutors. Days after the Department of Justice told a judge that prosecutors now recommend a prison sentence for Michael Flynn, attorneys for the former national security adviser want out of the pact. Fox News covered the change in position last week that prompted the defense to demand a trial — and the full discovery that would go with it:
Declaring that “Michael T. Flynn is innocent,” Flynn’s attorneys filed a motion last night to withdraw his previous guilty plea and change it to not guilty. At issue is the potentially exculpatory evidence that emerged from the Inspector General probe of the FBI’s Russia-collusion probe:
Lawyers representing former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a federal judge to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea on a single charge of lying to the FBI, in an unusual last-ditch effort to go to trial rather than be sentenced.
In a lengthy court filing on Tuesday evening, Mr. Flynn’s lawyers accused the government of breaching its 2017 plea agreement with him, necessitating a withdrawal of the plea.
They also said that a recently released Justice Department report on the origins of an investigation into Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign contains new information that they need additional time to consider.