Trump hails Michael Flynn as “war hero” ahead of sentencing

As Michael Flynn continues to await sentencing for lying to federal investigators about his contacts with Russian officials, President Trump is hailing his former national security adviser as a “war hero.” The president tweeted about the embattled former Army lieutenant general early Thursday, saying he had “served with distinction.”

The president also bid the ex-administration official good luck as he’s retained a new lawyer in his case. Flynn has hired frequent conservative pundit Sidney Powell as his new counsel as he awaits his sentencing hearing. Powell, a former Texas prosecutor, is an outspoken critic of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and the Department of Justice, most recently writing a book in which she criticizes the DOJ for its alleged use of “illegal and unethical tactics.”

General Michael Flynn, the 33 year war hero who has served with distinction, has not retained a good lawyer, he has retained a GREAT LAWYER, Sidney Powell. Best Wishes and Good Luck to them both!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019

“[Flynn] has not retained a good lawyer, he has retained a GREAT LAWYER, Sidney Powell. Best Wishes and Good Luck to them both!,” Mr. Trump tweeted. 

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Powell has also criticized Mueller’s comments on possible obstruction claims, telling the Epoch Times last month that the mere suggestion of the DOJ bringing obstruction of justice charges against Mr. Trump was “absurd,” and called Mueller’s character as a prosecutor into question. 

“I was taught that if you don’t have a solid case, don’t turn somebody’s life upside down, literally ruin their lives and that of their families just because you want to try to notch your belt with somebody’s scalp or get your name in the newspaper…unless they really committed a crime and you’re sure they did it and they’re the right person, don’t bring charges against somebody,” Powell said. 

Flynn’s lawyers, Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony from the firm Covington

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