Survey Russian: a former adviser to Trump backtracked

Michael Flynn, to form a national security adviser to president Donald Trump, was asked Tuesday to a judge for permission to withdraw his guilty plea in the investigation to the United States on the interference of Russian in the presidential election of 2016.

Prosecutors have not complied with the agreement on the plea that Mr. Flynn had concluded with them because they asked him to provide false testimony, had argued the lawyers of the former adviser to Mr. Trump, in a volte-face.

Mr. Flynn, a retired general, had stayed only 22 days from his position in the administration Trump. At the time of his departure, he was investigated for his contacts with the Russian, and he had pleaded guilty to having lied to the FBI, the federal service of judicial police and domestic intelligence.

Mr. Flynn has changed lawyers in June. According to his new counsel, prosecutors asked him to confess falsely that he had lied in filling out with the ministry of Justice forms to conceal work done by his firm lobbying for the Turkish State.

“By this, Michael T. Flynn request to withdraw his plea because of the bad faith of the government, of his scorn and of the breach of the agreement of advocacy,” wrote the defence lawyer Sydney Powell.

This rebound comes at a time when Mr. Flynn was to be sentenced in two weeks. Any change of plea must be approved by a judge.

Mr Flynn, 61 years old, had pleaded guilty in December 2017 to have lied to the FBI about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, who was then the ambassador of Russia in the United States, at the time of the transition to the presidency between Barack Obama and Donald Trump.