Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Michael Flynn's lawyers: He hasn't joined consulting firm, announcement a 'misunderstanding'

Donald Trump speaks alongside retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mike Flynn during a campaign town hall meeting in Virginia Beach Va. Sept. 6 2016 Mike Segar Reuters
Jeannette Daniel | 13 July, 2018, 04:43

Also Tuesday, a new lobbying and global equity consulting firm announced that Flynn would serve as the global strategy director - but Flynn's attorneys said later that Flynn had not joined the firm.

But Flynn's attorneys, Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony, later issued a statement saying: "General Flynn has not joined Stonington and did not personally issue any public statement". He was aware that a statement was being drafted, but he did not intend that it be issued at this time.

Stonington Global is billed as a firm that "will help domestic and worldwide clients navigate global equity markets and facilitate interactions with governments", and has offices in Washington and New York City.

The attorney, Robert Kelner, confirmed at the hearing that his client is continuing to cooperate with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of any links between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Neither man would talk about Flynn's criminal record but said if he ends up serving jail time he will need to step away temporarily from the firm. But as part of his plea deal, Flynn agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the ongoing Russian Federation probe and, according to court documents, likely faces a sentence of zero to six months in prison.

Neither Muzin nor Allaham had previously known Flynn but Allaham told the Wall Street Journal they approached him about joining the firm because 'his experience speaks for itself'.

Flynn faces up to six months in prison in exchange for cooperating with Mueller's probe.

In a joint reply to the judge, prosecutor Brandon Van Grack and Flynn attorney Kelner had said that although they still wanted to postpone sentencing and could update Sullivan again about timing on August 24, they had asked to launch the pre-sentence investigation because it would eventually help the court schedule move more quickly.

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The retired Army lieutenant general appeared in court for the first time since he pleaded guilty on December 1 to one count of lying to federal agents about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition.

The Wall Street Journal was first to report the announcement declaring Flynn's return to the consulting world following his ouster from the Trump administration and ensuing guilty plea previous year. "General Flynn does want to bring this chapter of his life".

Another Trump campaign associate whom Mueller's team charges with lying to associates and who pleaded guilty past year, George Papadopoulos, is set to be sentenced September 7.

Flynn was a close advisor to Trump during the presidential campaign and was named to lead the white House national security council after Trump won the election.

In addition to discussing a sentencing date, Kelner told Sullivan that the facts of the case "are not likely to change in any material way" between now and sentencing.

Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, claiming that he did not ask Kislyak to delay a vote on a pending United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israeli settlements. He has also acknowledged performing the work without registering as a foreign agent as required by USA law.

Flynn arrived at the courthouse Tuesday morning with his wife, Lori, where small groups of rival protesters waved signs and shouted both words of encouragement and derision at the former general.

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