Retired Army General and former US national security advisor Michael Flynn is selling his home to pay legal fees. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
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Retired three-star general and former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn is selling his Virginia home to raise funds for his ongoing legal defense.
Last year, Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI during Special Counsel Robert Mueller's continued investigation of alleged collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russian officials. Flynn admitted to lying about conversations he had with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and agreed to cooperate fully with the investigation.
In December, a whistleblower made claims that Flynn had been working on a Russian deal during Trump's inauguration. The anonymous source also said Flynn gave assurances to a former business partner that Trump would lift Obama-imposed sanctions against Russia.
After being dismissed by the White House in early 2017, Flynn went back home to Rhode Island. His Virginia townhouse has now been listed for sale with an asking price of $895,000.
Flynn's brother, Joe, told ABC News about the struggles being endured by Michael and his wife, Lori. "I'm not going to sugarcoat it, this has been a trying experience," he said. "It has been a crucible and it's not over."
The Flynns have received thousands of donations through a defense fund set up by family members to help offset their growing legal costs. Michael Flynn reportedly has no interest in seeking or accepting financial assistance from organizations tied to President Trump, namely a new "Patriot Legal Expense Fund" recently launched by the campaign.
Facing a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, Flynn denies being coerced into his guilty plea. In a statement, he said "My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel's Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions."
And experts say a guilty plea will save Flynn a great deal of money in legal fees, with high profile cases often costing into the six figures. It will also save time. When asked about the general's reason for pleading guilty, Flynn's friend Michael Ledeen told ABC News: "I think he wanted to stop the pain."
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