Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Flynn joins consulting firm ahead of sentencing

WASHINGTON DC- July 10 Michael Flynn former National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump departs the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse following a pre-sentencing hearing Michael Flynn meets karma on his way to the courthouse door
Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2018, 04:39

In a statement a few hours after the hearing on Tuesday, Flynn announced that he would be joining the Stonington Global LLC consulting firm founded by Washington lobbyist Nicolas Muzin and NY businessman Joey Allaham, both registered lobbyists for Qatar.

The lawyer, Robert Kelner, said Flynn - who pleaded guilty as part of a probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 election campaign - "has not joined Stonington and did not personally issue any public statement". "He was aware that a statement".

Kelner did not explain further what Flynn's ties to Muzin and Stonington are, or comment on whether he would join the firm in the future.

Flynn's cooperation is nearing an end at a potentially key juncture in the Russian Federation inquiry, with President Donald Trump's lawyers still sparring over whether they will submit to an interview with Mueller's team and as Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, weighs whether he will cooperate with federal prosecutors investigating his business dealings in a separate federal inquiry.

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.

Mueller's team reportedly investigated Flynn's history of suspicious business dealings and financial ties to Russian Federation, as well as his former lobbying firm and its dealings with Turkey. He could face up to six months in jail for lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation officials about his Russian contacts, and has also admitted working as an agent for Turkey during the 2016 campaign.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan called for the hearing to determine why the court shouldn't follow its standard practice of preparing a report and scheduling a sentencing date at the same time.

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Prior to his guilty plea late a year ago, Flynn had been forced out from his national security advisor post, after only 22 days, over concerns that he could be compromised by false statements he made over his contacts with Russian officials and his paid lobbying for Turkey during the campaign. He said its issuance appeared to be the result of a misunderstanding.

Prior to his guilty plea late previous year, Flynn had been forced out from his national security advisor post, after only 22 days, over concerns that he could be compromised by false statements he made over his contacts with Russian officials and his paid lobbying for Turkey during the campaign. While the delay in sentencing indicates that Flynn is still playing an active role in the special counsel's investigation, today's hearing did not provide insight about the nature of his role. Through the year and a half of political turmoil sparked by his 24-day term as national security adviser, Flynn has amassed a base of supporters who don't believe he lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation. "General Flynn does want to bring this chapter of his life".

Flynn's mere presence in court in Washington could serve to puncture ongoing speculation by conservative media that Mueller's case against Flynn is falling apart and that the former national security adviser may withdraw his guilty plea.

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. He also confessed to lying about contacts with the government of Turkey.

In the seven months since Flynn pleaded guilty, it's unclear what assistance he's provided to prosecutors.

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.