Flynn 'eager' for sentencing in lying case, attorney says

Elias Hubbard
July 13, 2018

Flynn will be the director of global strategy at Stonington Global LLC.

Kelner later emailed a statement to media saying that while Flynn was aware a statement was being drafted he did not intend for it to be released "at this time".

As he awaits sentencing for lying to federal investigators, he is going into business with Washington lobbyist Nick Muzin and his NY partner Joey Allaham with a new firm called Stonington Global LLC, they told The Wall Street Journal.

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. "General Flynn has not joined Stonington and did not personally issue any public statement".

On Tuesday he appeared in a Washington court to discuss his sentencing, which has been repeatedly postponed by Mueller as he apparently continues to draw on Flynn's cooperation in the probe.

"We can not comment on General Flynn's considerations about the timing of the announcement, but we have faith in his patriotism and long history of service to our country", Muzin and Allaham told the Journal. Last month, Mueller's team and Flynn's attorneys submitted a joint status asking the court for the latest delay. 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.

Flynn was back in court Tuesday for the first time since his guilty plea previous year to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian officials during the presidential transition and his Turkish lobbying work.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who took over the case after the judge who heard Flynn's guilty plea stepped aside, told lawyers for both sides he had "a level of discomfort", with the notion of imposing a sentence before engaging with them.

The lifelong intelligence official had blown the opportunity of a lifetime: After securing the role of national security adviser in the Trump White House, Flynn managed to get himself fired just 23 days into the job. "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 past year to lying to the government about lobbying work his firm performed for Turkish interests. If Cohen agrees to cooperate, whatever relevant information he could provide would likely be shared with Mueller's team. Prior to his return to the working world, sources close to Flynn say he had been spending time with his family in Rhode Island this summer.

Flynn said he lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about those contacts, but had fully informed the Trump transition team of the talks. He also confessed to lying about contacts with the government of Turkey.

Prosecutors also asserted that Flynn lied to agents about a December 29, 2016 conversation about how Russian Federation might respond to sanctions the US government had levied over its election meddling.

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

"Lock her up, that's right", Flynn said, as he began clapping along with the chant.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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