Former Trump adviser Michael Flynn is awaiting sentencing for lying to investigators who are examining Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Hours after a new lobbying firm aimed at domestic and global clients announced it was partnering with former national security adviser Mike Flynn, attorneys for the embattled Flynn said the deal was off and the notice had been released as a result of a “misunderstanding” among the participants in Stonington Global LLC.
“General Flynn has not joined Stonington and did not personally issue any public statement,” Flynn’s attorneys Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony said in a statement Tuesday. “He was aware that a statement was being drafted, but he did not intend that it be issued at this time.”
Flynn is awaiting sentencing for lying to federal investigators. His December guilty plea grew out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and faces up to six months in jail.
Nick Muzin and Joey Allaham told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that they had started their firm with Flynn. They also launched a Stonington website and promotional video Tuesday. “We cannot 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 said after Flynn’s lawyers issued their statement. “We look forward to working together.”
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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