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

Blanche Robertson
July 13, 2018

"General Flynn has not joined Stonington and did not personally issue any public statement", Mr. Flynn's attorneys Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony said in a statement Tuesday.

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".

In a statement to the Journal, Flynn's lawyers called the original announcement a "misunderstanding".

In a statement to the Journal, Flynn said he was "excited to begin this new phase" of his career.

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

Neither Muzin nor Allaham had previously known Flynn but Allaham told the Wall Street Journal they approached him about joining the firm because 'his experience speaks for itself'.

Under federal guidelines, Flynn's sentence is estimated to be between zero and six months in prison.

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.

Prior to his guilty plea late previous year, 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.

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He served only 24 days as national security advisor in the White House early previous 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. Flynn, who served as a top Trump campaign surrogate and briefly served as national security adviser before his firing in February 2017, did not make a statement after the hearing.

Rob Kelner, a lawyer for Flynn, said Flynn was eager to bring this chapter of his life to a close. While the delay in sentencing indicates that Flynn is still playing an active role in the special counsel's investigation, today's hearing did not provide insight about the nature of his role.

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

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.

That investigation expanded to his receiving tens of thousands of dollars by Russian firms to appear at events, and his undeclared lobbying for Turkey during the 2016 presidential campaign, for which he reportedly earned more than $500,000.

The in-court proceeding had no reflection of the intense partisan politics that's developed around Flynn's case - especially on Twitter as his family members have pleaded for contributions to his legal defense fund and others expressed doubt about the validity of his charge. He has also acknowledged performing the work without registering as a foreign agent as required by USA law.

The move was announced Tuesday morning, but by early evening, reality apparently dawned on Flynn.

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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