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Flynn joins consulting firm ahead of criminal sentencing

admin 16 Jul 10

The statement on Tuesday from the firm Stonington Global LLC said Flynn was joining the nascent group as director of global strategy.
The Wall Street Journal was first to report the news of Flynn's return to the consulting world following his ouster from the Trump administration and ensuing guilty plea last year. Lobbyist Nick Muzin and partner Joey Allaham told the Journal they did not know Flynn but that Allaham had approached him about the role due to the retired general's experience.
The pair told the Journal that Flynn's son, Michael Flynn Jr., was joining Stonington as well, and that Flynn would need to step away temporarily if he goes to jail.
Stonington's statement included remarks from Flynn, which said in part: "I will work every day to put my over 33 years of experience in the defense, intelligence, and national security communities as well as serving Presidents of both parties in the White House to good use in helping companies and governments enhance the goals of freedom and liberty."
Flynn had appeared at a hearing in a Washington federal court earlier Tuesday, where his attorney Robert Kelner told Judge Emmet Sullivan that Flynn was "eager to proceed to sentencing."
Flynn, who was head of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration, went on to become a prominent supporter of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy. 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 FBI about conversations with Russia's ambassador. Flynn pleaded guilty in December to lying to investigators and is awaiting sentencing as Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation continues.
Officials told CNN ahead of Trump's inauguration that the transition team had requested a security clearance for Flynn's son, who has developed a pugnacious Twitter presence and spread hoaxes online, including "Pizzagate."
Muzin, until recently, was a registered lobbyist for Qatar. Elliott Broidy, a top Trump fundraiser who came under fire when his private emails detailing his business ties in the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere were hacked and offered to news outlets, has accused Muzin and Stonington Global of being involved in the hack, helping Qatari officials. Muzin has repeatedly denied these accusations and said his knowledge of the breach came from his interactions with journalists seeking comment on the stories about Broidy's emails. Broidy has sued Muzin, along with Qatari officials and several former Western intelligence officials. Muzin is trying to get the case against him dismissed with prejudice.

CNN's Jenna McLaughlin and Mary Kay Mallonee contributed to this report.