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Judge again delays sentencing for Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security advisor

13 July 2018

Broidy, meanwhile, has been wrapped in his own legal battles.

At question during Tuesday's presentencing hearing was when Flynn, who has been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign following his guilty plea, will find out just how long he'll be locked up for, if at all.

In a weird twist, lawyers representing retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the president's former national security adviser, said late Tuesday he has not joined a new global consulting firm, hours after the firm issued a press release saying he had.

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!" Flynn, a former Army lieutenant general, was forced out as national security adviser after only 24 days in the job.

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 - "was aware that a statement was being drafted, but he did not intend that it be issued at this time". He also added that the elements of the case were "not likely to change in any material way".

Sullivan agreed to the delay Tuesday, saying he didn't want to "micromanage" Flynn's cooperation with prosecutors. Flynn could face up to six months in prison. They have agreed to provide a status report to the court by August 24 but Sullivan indicated they could have more time if needed.

The special counsel's office and Flynn's lawyers recently requested that probation lawyers prepare a pre-sentencing report.

Flynn is not the only person from Trump's team who agreed to cooperate with the special counsel's office.

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Prior to his guilty plea late past 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. However, in light of his cooperation with investigators, he is unlikely to receive a sentence on the severe end of the scale and could avoid jail time altogether.

"(Ret.) Michael T. Flynn has joined the firm Stonington Global LLC and quoted a statement that it attributed to General Flynn", Kelner and Anthony said in a statement to CBS News.

Flynn's lawyers, however, said Flynn was aware the statement was being drafted but the retired general "did not intend that it be issued at this time".

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".

Rob Kelner, a lawyer for Flynn, said Flynn was eager to bring this chapter of his life to a close. "He's a beach nut".

Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, claiming that he did not ask Kislyak to delay a vote on a pending United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israeli settlements. "You know what it is".

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. It is unclear whether Flynn or his legal team has asked for one, and unclear if President Donald Trump would grant one.

Judge again delays sentencing for Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security advisor