In a new court filing, the attorney for Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn demands that Flynn's former attorneys stop alleged stonewalling on turning over information about the case.
Flynn used to be represented by Covington & Burling, a firm that included prominent political figures such as former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, former Obama Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, and former Bush Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff.
Now represented by attorney Sidney Powell, Covington & Burling is withholding some records regarding involvement of those figures in Flynn's representation. Powell has argued the attorneys did not properly represent Flynn and implied they may have conspired against him.
Flynn is attempting to withdraw a guilty plea for lying to the FBI in 2017, claiming he was framed by agents who conspired in advance to get him to lie, and blackmailed by prosecutors who threatened to go after Flynn's son if Flynn didn't please guilty.
Reasons Covington & Burling have given the court for withholding documents include that it is too burdensome to conduct a broad search, and that some of the documents are "not part of the client file" because they included “Covington lawyers’ privileged consultations with the firm’s internal counsel regarding ethical and compliance obligations.”
Chertoff met with Mr. Flynn, is copied on many emails about the Flynn case, and he was an active member of the defense team. Indeed, Mr. Chertoff was messaging firm lawyers in the courtroom on December 18, 2018. Mr. Chertoff billed $24,194.50 to the Flynn file at rates ranging from $1,250 per hour to $1,695 per hour, and there are multiple billing entries by 'MF Team' attorneys indicating additional work by Mr. Chertoff (not billed by Chertoff himself) on the Flynn file. Consultations with Mr. Breuer are also mentioned at crucial times during the representation (February, March, April, August and November of 2017). Mr. Holder appeared briefly at a client conference, communicated about the firm’s representation of Mr. Flynn, and made Twitter posts that were a significant problem for the defense and were discussed within the firm.Filing by Sidney Powell, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn's current attorney
Only after being ordered by the court to conduct additional searches, Covington & Burling has turned over nearly 19,000 additional pages of Flynn documents to his current attorney. The idea that the failure to disclose the material originally was a technical oversight "strains credulity," says Powell. "This is one of the most important cases in the country’s history."
She is asking the court to require Covington & Burling to be forced to give Flynn direct access to its "e-discovery vendor" to ensure all relevant documents are turned over.
Read the latest court filing by clicking the link below: