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Trump praises Michael Flynn for hiring Mueller-hating lawyer as sentencing looms


President Trump praised former advistor Retired Gen. Mike Flynn hiring of a new attorney known for her disdain for Robert Mueller. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

President Trump has made no secret of his disdain for his former allies who cooperated with Robert Mueller’s probe, blasting the likes of Michael Cohen as Don McGahn as “rats” and liars.

Yet he continues to have a soft spot for Michael Flynn despite the disgraced national security boss’s extensive help to the investigation into Trump’s cooperation with Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The embattled man in the White House doubled down on the oddly enduring bromance by praising Flynn for hiring a combative new lawyer, who has made a name for herself by regularly trashing Mueller on Fox News and other conservative outlets.

“General Michael Flynn, the 33 year war hero who has served with distinction, has not retained a good lawyer, he has retained a GREAT LAWYER, Sidney Powell. Best Wishes and Good Luck to them both!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The tweet and Flynn’s curious decision to hire Powell revived speculation that Trump may plan to pardon Flynn.

Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying about his discussions with Russian officials and work for other foreign governments, won a generous plea agreement from Mueller’s team that would allow him to avoid prison time. But federal Judge Emmet Sullivan has not approved the deal yet and suggested he may yet throw Flynn behind bars, noting that “you arguably sold out your country.”

The delicate situation makes it all the more head-scratching that Flynn dumped his lawyers and brought on Powell, who regularly derides the investigation that Flynn is supposed to be cooperating with and hawks T-shirts branding Mueller and his prosecutors “Creeps on a Mission.”

A hearing is due in the case Friday. Powell insists that Flynn has no plans to back out of his guilty plea, a legally laughable move that would open him up to dramatically harsher penalties.

Meanwhile, Flynn was subpoenaed Thursday along with former campaign official Rick Gates to testify by the House of Representatives intelligence committee after they apparently resisted efforts to get them to testify voluntarily. Trump has ordered past and current officials to defy similar congressional demands.