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Michael Flynn's lawyer reportedly met with Robert Mueller's team today, fueling speculation of a plea deal

A lawyer for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn reportedly met with investigators on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team on Monday, throwing kerosene onto smoldering speculation that Flynn is looking for a plea deal, ABC News reported. On Thanksgiving, The New York Times reported that Flynn's lawyers had stopped discussing the special counsel's investigation with White House lawyers. The Times noted that "it is unethical for lawyers to work together when one client is cooperating with prosecutors and another is still under investigation."

ABC News casts these developments as potential evidence that "Flynn is preparing to negotiate with prosecutors over a deal that could include his testimony against the president or senior White House officials."

Flynn resigned as national security adviser less than a month after President Trump's inauguration for lying about his contacts with Russian officials. In March, Flynn retroactively registered as an agent of the Turkish government. Congressional Democrats have also told ABC News that Flynn hid information about overseas trips and contacts with foreign officials when applying for his security clearance. And The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Flynn and his son had considered kidnapping exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gullen — who the Turkish government blames for 2016's failed coup — on behalf of the Turkish government for $15 million, a claim Flynn's lawyer vehemently denied.

Read the full report at ABC News.