Flynn's New Consulting Gig Turns Into Circus Hours After Announcement

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

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. "General Flynn has not joined Stonington and did not personally issue any public statement", lawyers Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony said Tuesday.

"We are proud to welcome Gen. Flynn to our firm and are delighted to be able to draw on his years of military and national security experience to better serve our clients", Muzin said in the initial statement.

To secure the deal, the one-time U.S. Army general is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into potential links between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. "The world is changing rapidly, and now is America's moment to lead", Flynn said in a statement.

Sullivan agreed to the delay Tuesday, saying he didn't want to "micromanage" Flynn's cooperation with prosecutors.

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.

Sullivan said he would consider such a move next month if Flynn had finished his work for Mueller's team. 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. "Its issuance now in his name appears to have been the result of a misunderstanding".

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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.

Tuesday's report comes after Flynn appeared in federal court this morning as his attorneys and federal prosecutors gave US District Judge Emmet Sullivan an update on where they stand on his sentencing.

He served only 24 days as national security advisor in the White House early past year before he was forced out for misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, then Russia's ambassador in Washington.

Rob Kelner, a lawyer for Flynn, said Flynn was eager to bring this chapter of his life to a close. If Cohen agrees to cooperate, whatever relevant information he could provide would likely be shared with Mueller's team. After Trump's victory in 2016, Flynn was named national security adviser but left the role shortly after Trump's inauguration amid controversy over his statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about conversations with Russia's ambassador. 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. He has also acknowledged performing the work without registering as a foreign agent as required by US law.

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

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