Lobbyists who worked for Qatar hire Mike Flynn

Former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is joining a new lobbying firm headed by lobbyists who recently represented the government of Qatar.

Flynn, who is awaiting sentencing for lying to federal investigators as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, is joining Stonington Global, according to a statement from the firm. 

Flynn will serve as the global strategy director for the firm, which will represent U.S. and foreign clients.

Flynn says in a statement that he will be helping companies and governments ‘enhance the goals of freedom and liberty.’ 

Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr., is also joining the firm.

With the move, Flynn returns to a profession that previously got him into trouble.

Flynn admitted last year to lying to the government about lobbying work his firm performed for Turkish interests. He has also acknowledged performing the work without registering as a foreign agent as required by U.S. law.

The new firm he’s joining is headed by Washington lobbyist Nick Muzin and New York-based Joey Allaham.

Muzin and Allaham worked on an influence campaign for Qatar but ended that job last month.

But that work has Muzin facing a lawsuit from Elliot Broidy, the former deputy finance chair of the RNC for whom former Trump attorney Michael Cohen helped arrange the pay off of a Playboy model.

Broidy is suing Qatar and its lobbyists, complaining the Gulf nation hacked his private emails and shared them with the press. 

Attorney for Qatar and Muzin argue that Broidy is on a ‘fishing expedition’ for information about sensitive government business to embarrass Qatar and they deny any alleged hack.

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.’

‘I said to him, your life should not be stopped,’ Allaham said. ‘He has experience all over the world. He can do a lot for us. We are very lucky to get a man like that.’

Neither man would talk about Flynn’s criminal record but said if he ends up serving jail time he will need to step away temporarily from the firm. 

Flynn was back in court Tuesday for the first time since his guilty plea last year to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials during the presidential transition and his Turkish lobbying work.

Flynn was fired from President Donald Trump’s White House job after just 23 days because he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. during the transition process

Flynn’s attorney says the former national security adviser is ‘eager’ to proceed to sentencing and put his criminal case behind him.

No sentencing date has been set. 

Flynn faces up to six months in prison in exchange for cooperating with Mueller’s probe.

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