Michael Flynn joining new lobbying firm

13 July, 2018, 04:41 | Author: Wade Massey
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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. "Stonington Global is honored to welcome General Flynn as we expand our services around the world", he said in a statement. "He (Flynn) was aware that a statement was being drafted, but he did not intend that it be issued at this time".

That's according to a statement from the firm, Stonington Global.

Kelner agreed with the judge's suggestion that a sentencing hearing could be held within 60 days of the conclusion of Flynn's cooperation with Mueller, rather than the usual 90 days, as a way to expedite an end to his case. Last December, the former lieutenant general pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Flynn resigned from his top White House post in February 2017 after the White House said that he misled Vice President Pence and other administration officials about his contacts with Kislyak. "Its issuance now in his name appears to have been the result of a misunderstanding", Flynn attorneys Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony said in a statement to CNN.

Flynn admitted in December to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, becoming one of the first Trump associates to cooperate - and the highest-ranking official charged - in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Rob Kelner, a lawyer for Flynn, said Flynn was eager to bring this chapter of his life to a close.

Flynn is not the only person from Trump's team who agreed to cooperate with the special counsel's office.

Flynn is one of several Trump campaign officials investigated by the Mueller probe.

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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. The special counsel's office and Flynn's lawyers recently asked the probation office to prepare a pre-sentence report, a standard step that normally involves an investigation into a convicted criminal's background to document extenuating circumstances that might lessen the sentence, or a criminal history to justify a heavier sentence.

The in-court proceeding had no reflection of the intense partisan politics that's developed around Flynn's case - especially on Twitter as his family members have pleaded for contributions to his legal defense fund and others expressed doubt about the validity of his charge.

Under federal guidelines, Flynn's sentence is estimated to be between zero and six months in prison.

Flynn Intel Group was required, under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, to register as a foreign agent as soon as it secured the contract with Inovo, but it did not do so until months later. President Obama imposed those sanctions December 28; the same day, Kislyak contacted Flynn to discuss how the Russian government would respond.

Some conservative activists have called for a "flash mob" of Flynn supporters to gather outside the courthouse Tuesday morning.

Some revived a variation of the same chant Flynn led two years ago at the Republican National Convention when he referred to then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

"Lock him up!" some shouted as Flynn's group walked to a waiting auto and drove away.

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