Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Judge Sets Timeline That Could Mean Flynn Is Sentenced In October

Judge Sets Timeline That Could Mean Flynn Is Sentenced In October

Stonington Global founder Nick Muzin, who has been a consultant for the Qatari government and the Democratic Party of Albania, said in a statement that Flynn would use his "military and national security experience" to help clients. "He (Flynn) was aware that a statement was being drafted, but he did not intend that it be issued at this time".

According to a Tuesday Wall Street Journal report, Flynn's attorneys hurriedly issued a statement to scuttle the arrangement.

In a statement about the move, Flynn said he is "excited to begin this new phase of my career".

"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.

The Tuesday hearing was called by Sullivan after Flynn and Mueller submitted a joint filing late last month asking the court to order a presentencing report - a report by a probation officer for sentencing - while postponing sentencing for a third time.

Sullivan asked why he should break with his usual practice, which is to set a sentencing date at the same time he launches the pre-sentencing review.

Yet hours after the move was made public by the newly-constituted Stonington Global LLC - on the same day that Flynn appeared in federal court to discuss an expedited sentencing schedule - Flynn's attorneys said the timing of the hiring announcement appeared to be premature. "Its issuance now in his name appears to have been the result of a misunderstanding", Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony, counsel to Flynn wrote.

In a joint reply to the judge, prosecutor Brandon Van Grack and Flynn attorney Robert Kelner had said that although they still wanted to postpone sentencing and could update Sullivan again about timing on August 24, they had asked to launch the pre-sentence investigation because it would eventually help the court schedule move more quickly.

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.

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

Besides Flynn, several other former Trump campaign associates also became cooperating witness to the Russian Federation probe after Mueller secured their guilty pleas.

Former national security adviser Mike Flynn has been cooperating with prosecutors after pleading guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He has also acknowledged performing the work without registering as a foreign agent as required by US law. 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.

Flynn was jeered by a small group of protesters as he arrived at and later left the courthouse in Washington, some chanting "lock him up!"

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