Flynn ‘eager’ for sentencing in lying case, attorney says

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Indeed, the Stonington statement, issued by founding partners Nick Muzin and Joey Allaham, included a detailed description of Flynn's new duties as director of global strategy and comments "provided" by the retired general who said he was "excited to begin this new phase of my career".

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".

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".

Taking a position with a foreign lobbying firm raised eyebrows because of Flynn's deep involvement in the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign, of which Flynn was a member. "General Flynn has not joined Stonington and did not personally issue any public statement".

Kelner agreed with the judge's suggestion that a sentencing hearing could be held within 60 days of the conclusion of Flynn's cooperation with Mueller, rather than the usual 90 days, as a way to expedite an end to his case.

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.

Judge Emmet Sullivan said he simply wanted to meet Flynn, his attorneys and prosecutors for the first time at the hearing the judge had called.

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It was the first time Flynn had appeared in court since his guilty plea previous year to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian officials during the presidential transition and his Turkish lobbying work.

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. "Its issuance now in his name appears to have been the result of a misunderstanding".

Flynn is not the only person from Trump's team who agreed to cooperate with the special counsel's office. Flynn pleaded guilty in December to one count of lying to federal investigators about his contacts with Russia's ambassador during the transition period.

Rob Kelner, a lawyer for Flynn, said Flynn was eager to bring this chapter of his life to a close.

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

In addition to discussing a sentencing date, Kelner told Sullivan that the facts of the case "are not likely to change in any material way" between now and sentencing. 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. He also confessed to lying about contacts with the government of Turkey.

The move was announced Tuesday morning, but by early evening, reality apparently dawned on Flynn. A few demonstrators chanting "lock him up" greeted Flynn outside of the courthouse.

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