Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is now listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal government’s case against his former business partner, Bijan Kian, and will not testify at Kian’s trial, according to The Hill.
A court order issued on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga cited a notice by the government, filed under seal on July 3, “stating that the government will not be calling Michael T. Flynn as a witness in its case-in-chief.”
The government’s lack of confidence in Flynn stems from a disagreement with his “characterizations about how he made a filing under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) that included false information about links between his company’s lobbying and the Turkish government,” The Hill wrote.
Flynn’s lawyers have claimed that because he did not read the FARA filing before signing it, Flynn was not aware that it contained false information.
Kian is alleged to have conspired with Turkish national Kamil Ekim Alptekin to “covertly and unlawfully to influence U.S. politicians and public opinion concerning a Turkish citizen living in the United States whose extradition was then being sought by the Government of Turkey.”
Flynn's cooperation with the government earned him a recommendation of no prison time by former special counsel Robert Mueller for lying to federal investigators about his contacts with Russia.
This latest development could increase Flynn’s chances of receiving a prison sentence for his crime, leading some to wonder if he is expecting a pardon from President Trump.