Former national security adviser Michael Flynn filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea in the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe on Tuesday.
The motion said he was withdrawing his plea “because of the government’s bad faith, vindictiveness, and breach of the plea agreement.”
Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to one count of lying to the FBI. Since then, he cooperated extensively with the government and, as prosecutors previously said, provided “substantial assistance” in the Russia probe and other ongoing investigations.
But Flynn shifted to a more combative stance last year when he fired his legal team and hired new defense attorneys who tried to get his case thrown out.
The Justice Department subsequently withdrew its request that Flynn be sentenced to probation and asked that he be sentenced to at least six months in prison.
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