President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said he was withdrawing his guilty plea, according to a new court filing.
Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI in late 2017.
The retired lieutenant, who served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration, alleges that the government acted in “bad faith,” according to the new filing (pdf). His lawyer, Sidney Powell, also claimed that the government was vindictive and breached the plea agreement.
Flynn spent hundreds of hours “trying to cooperate with the government in accordance with Mr. Flynn’s plea agreement which requires him to provide truthful testimony,” Powell wrote.
“Only after new counsel appeared, did the government for the first time demand an admission and testimony from Mr. Flynn that he knew and intended when he signed the FARA registration form that it contained several material false statements. Not only was that demanded testimony a lie, but also, the prosecutors knew it was false, and would induce a breach.”
Powell later said that prosecutors “concocted the alleged ‘false statements’ by their own misrepresentations, deceit, and omissions.”