Published: Fri, July 13, 2018

Former Trump aide Flynn eager to get to sentencing, lawyer says

Former Trump aide Flynn eager to get to sentencing, lawyer says

The lobbyists, Nicolas Muzin and Joey Allaham, had given a statement to the Journal about the new firm, Stonington Global LLC, that included a comment attributed to Flynn saying he was excited to join it as director of global strategy.

Kelner said Flynn wants to put this "chapter" behind him, but special counsel Robert Mueller's team has requested additional delay while the retired U.S. Army general continues to cooperate with the investigation into Russian election interference and whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice.

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.

At Tuesday's hearing, Flynn attorney Robert Kelner told the judge his cooperation agreement with prosecutors remains in effect.

Flynn has become an important exhibit for some Trump supporters who argue that the former general was mistreated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to undermine the president.

Under federal guidelines, Flynn's sentence is estimated to be between zero and six months in prison. "Its issuance now in his name appears to have been the result of a misunderstanding".

Flynn's December guilty plea to a charge lodged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe into possible ties between Trump 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, was part of a deal for cooperation which allowed him to avoid much more serious charges of acting as an unregistered lobbyist for Turkey and Russian Federation.

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.

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

Flynn, who had been one of President Donald Trump's most vocal surrogates in his 2016 campaign, spent just over three weeks as national security adviser before fired for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian Federation. The general did not speak, but Kelner said his client is "eager" to move on with his life.

Sentencing considerations for Flynn also come as the government prepares for two trials involving former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort.

It was not immediately clear from Tuesday's brief hearing before U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan what continuing obligation remained for Flynn before a sentencing hearing could be scheduled in the case.

Prosecutors said Flynn and Kislyak met in December 2016 to discuss the economic sanctions that the Obama administration had imposed on Moscow for allegedly interfering in the presidential election.

It all just goes to show that they don't call America the "land of opportunity" for nothing: In what other country could a humble, aging, criminally corrupt former high-ranking national security official and unregistered lobbyist for foreign governments work his way up to becoming a registered lobbyist at a firm whose co-founder allegedly helped the Qatari government hack Elliott Broidy's emails?

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

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