WASHINGTON – A lawyer Michael T. Flynn recently told her that she probably needed a security clearance to review classified materials separate from the documents that the prosecutors for Specialist Robert S. Mueller III had already entrusted to the case.
The lawyer, Sidney Powell, made the unusual disclosure during a hearing in the Federal Government despite the prosecutor's insistence that they did not include any classified information in the evidence they shared with the defense. Her remarks increased the speculation that Mrs Powell – who has pushed conspiracy theories on the specialty council investigation and sells anti-Mueller T-shirts on her website ̵
"There is other information," she said, but she declined to elaborate.
One of the accusers, Brandon Van Grack, said he didn't know what she was referring to. "There is nothing that the government produced that is classified," said Mr Van Grack.
Ms. Powell did not return an answering machine seeking additional comments. Another lawyer working with her refused to comment. President Trump and his allies have long argued that Mr. Flynn and others were illegally targeted by F.B.I. and the intelligence community as part of a broad conspiracy to undermine the president.
Ms. Powell made the statement at a state hearing, where a judge delayed the judges of Flynn until he testified in July in an independent case. Mr. Flynn accused guilty in December 2017 of making false statements to F.B.I. agents about his contacts during the transition with the Russian ambassador.
Security declarations have not been erased easily. Defense lawyers typically have a government agency to sponsor them and then F.B.I. must perform a background check. The judge who oversees the case, Emmet G. Sullivan, said that a classified security officer would help Mrs Powell.
Mr. Flynn has not said why he changed lawyers, but Mr Trump praised the flight and led some to believe that Mr. Flynn had to withdraw from his care agreement or receive a pardon from the president. A former lawyer for Mr. Trump, John M. Dowd, proclaimed the prospect of an apology to Flynn's lawyer in 2017. No evidence has been shown that the president asked his lawyer to convey such a message
to Mr. Mueller's team had not recommended Flynn's imprisonment, which should have been sentenced in December. But during that hearing, Judge Sullivan of the US District Court of Columbia District apologized to Flynn for claiming that F.B.I. had set him up to make a false statement when he lied to agents about his contacts with the ambassador. The judge suggested that he could punish Mr Flynn and allow him to delay his judgment so that he could make a stronger case of how he had helped the government.
Herr. Flynn's firing of his lawyers was revealed in a court filed the same day that a sound recording that his former lawyers gave to investigators was published. On the recording, Mr Dowd told one of Mr. Flyn's lawyers shortly after he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors that the president would look favorably on him if he shared information on the case.
Dowd's Content and Tone Voice Dismissing Speculation that He Hanged a Pardon for Mr. Flynn. Mr. Dowd has denied wrongdoing and criticized the Mueller investigation as an attempt to smear the president.
Mr. Trump's lawyers said throughout the Mueller study that the president would wait until it concluded to decide whether to apologize to someone affiliated with it. Since the investigation ended in March, the president has praised Mr. Flynn and stopped rejecting the prospect of an apology.
"He was a man who had an incredible record in the military, you see what happened to him" Mr. Trump said in a phone interview on Fox News's "Hannity." He added, "You know what he's been through."
"I don't want to talk about excuses now, but I can say it's so sad at so many levels," the president said.
As far as Mr. Flyn's new lawyer, Mrs Powell, sells T-shirts showing caricatures of officials involved in the investigation – like Mr Mueller and former FBI director James B. Comey – over the hashtag #CreepsOnAMission.