by WorldTribune Staff, March 13, 2018
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is selling his house in Virginia to help pay his legal bills, family members say.
Flynn’s 13-year-old, three-bedroom townhouse in Old Town Alexandria outside Washington was listed for sale in December with an asking price of $895,000, money which will go to his legal defense fund, his brother Joe Flynn told ABC News.
Michael Flynn pleaded guilty on Dec. 1 to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian officials.
“I’m not going to sugarcoat it, this has been a trying experience” for Flynn and his wife, Lori, his youngest brother told ABC News. “It has been a crucible and it’s not over.”
One source frequently involved in White House meetings told WorldTribune he has avoided accepting a staff position in the administration because of the constant threat of legal action and the cost of retaining attorneys.
Flynn’s family has turned down an offer by a conservative lobbyist to hold a fundraiser to benefit the former national security adviser’s legal defense fund.
D.C.-based lawyer and conservative lobbyist Jack Burkman on March 12 announced the fundraiser will be held on April 5.
In a statement to ABC News, Joe Flynn said, “While we appreciate the support of thousands of people across the country for Lt. General (Ret.) Flynn, we want to make very clear that the only legitimate legal defense fund for him is the one set up by myself and my sister Barbara on behalf of him and his family.”
The statement from Flynn’s brother goes on to say the Flynn family does not endorse any third party “press/donor events on behalf of General Flynn and urge supporters and the press not to pay any attention to them.”
Burkman told ABC News in a statement: “The Flynn Camp approved the April 5 date and then backtracked. Understandably, they fear adverse reaction from the judge. Nonetheless, we will push on and plan to raise north of $500,000 for General Flynn. We will not allow any federal judge to take away our First Amendment rights.”
“I guarantee Flynn saved himself a lot of money” by pleading guilty,” Solomon Wisenberg, who served as deputy independent counsel in the obstruction of justice probe of former President Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky and Whitewater, told ABC. “Six figures is not at all unusual in a big case like this.”
House Intelligence Committee Republicans closed their investigation of Russian election interference on March 12. Republicans on the panel, led by Rep. Devin Nunes, declared they found no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Kremlin.