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Flynn partner hires law firm experienced in corruption cases

By Laurie Bennett

June 20, 2017 at 1:37pm

Bijan Kian, former business partner of Michael Flynn, has brought in a law firm with a history of representing people embroiled in government corruption cases.

Kian worked with Flynn, a central figure in the federal probe of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, at the now-defunct Flynn Intel Group. Reuters reports that investigators are reviewing the legality of payments to the company from foreign clients.

Kian has hired attorney Robert Trout, a partner at Trout Cacheris & Janis. Trout represented former Rep. William J. Jefferson after his congressional office was searched. Jefferson ultimately was sentenced to 13 years in prison for using his position to solicit bribes.

Trout also defended Schuyler Tilney, a Merrill Lynch executive accused of inflating Enron profit figures. Tilney took the Fifth at a Senate committee hearing about Enron’s collapse and lost his job at Merrill Lynch, but was not criminally charged.

Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner hired Trout to represent her when a federal judge held the agency in contempt for destroying computer files. (Browner went on to serve as Barack Obama’s energy czar.)

Trout’s law partner, Plato Cacheris, has a client roster straight from the FBI’s famous cases list. Among those he has represented:

  • Viktor Yanukovich, former president of Ukraine, now living in Russia, sought by Ukrainian government on treason charges
  • Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern whose affair with Bill Clinton led to his impeachment by the House
  • Former Atty. Gen. John Mitchell, convicted of conspiracy, perjury and obstruction of justice in the Watergate scandal
  • Fawn Hall, former secretary to Oliver North, and a witness in the Iran-Contra hearings
  • Robert P. Hanssen, a former FBI agent who was sentenced to life in prison after he admitted selling state secrets to Soviet intelligence services.
  • Lawrence A. Franklin, a former Defense Department analyst who was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison in 2006 after he admitted passing classified information about Iraq and Iran to an Israeli diplomat and two pro-Israel lobbyists. His sentence was later reduced to probation after he agreed to cooperate with investigators.
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