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Mike Flynn's Lawyers Say He Is No Longer Joining Consulting Firm

13 July 2018

Hours after a new lobbying firm aimed at domestic and global clients announced it was partnering with former national security adviser Mike Flynn, attorneys for the embattled Mr. Flynn said the deal was off and the notice had been released as a result of a "misunderstanding" among the participants in Stonington Global LLC.

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".

Facing potentially severe charges that included acting as an unregistered lobbyist, Flynn agreed on December 1, 2017 to plead guilty to a single count of lying to investigators in exchange for cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Flynn's lawyers, however, said Flynn was aware the statement was being drafted but the retired general "did not intend that it be issued at this time".

Sullivan agreed to the delay Tuesday, saying he didn't want to "micromanage" Flynn's cooperation with prosecutors. Last December, the former lieutenant general pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Flynn could face up to six months in prison.

The special counsel's office and Flynn's lawyers recently requested that probation lawyers prepare a pre-sentencing report.

This freaky announcement and reversal is happening as Flynn waits to be sentenced for lying to federal investigators, appearing in court Tuesday for the first time since he pled guilty in December.

Attorney Robert Kelner made the comments during a court hearing Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan.

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. If Cohen agrees to cooperate, whatever relevant information he could provide would likely be shared with Mueller's team.

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.

Another Trump campaign associate whom Mueller's team charges with lying to associates and who pleaded guilty previous year, George Papadopoulos, is set to be sentenced September 7. Not long after that he was convicted of lying to federal investigators - and forced to confess that he had been secretly operating as a paid agent of Turkey's Islamist government while serving as a top foreign policy adviser to the Republican presidential nominee.

Former national security adviser Mike Flynn has been cooperating with prosecutors after pleading guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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.

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.

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

Mike Flynn's Lawyers Say He Is No Longer Joining Consulting Firm