Michael Flynn lasted only 24 days as President Donald Trump's national security adviser. His gig as director of global strategy for a new Washington lobby firm was even shorter — it apparently doesn't exist.
Not yet anyway.
The Wall Street Journal had first reported that Flynn had taken a new job on Tuesday afternoon, and his bio on Stonington's brand-new website seemed to confirm that.
But within hours, Flynn's attorneys issued a statement on Tuesday evening that said he has not actually joined Stonington Global and that a comment issued in his name was the result of a "misunderstanding."
It was clear from the attorneys' statement that Flynn — who is awaiting sentencing on charges he lied to FBI agents investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election — had some designs on the position.
"He was aware that statement was being drafted," his lawyers said. "But he did not intend that it be issued at this time. Its issuance now in his name appears to be the result of a misunderstanding."
The statement did not say whether Flynn might join Stonington in the future, but the firm's principals, Nick Muzin and Joseph Allaham obviously haven't given up hope.
"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," they said in a statement. "We look forward to working together."
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Flynn attorney Robert Kelner did indicate during a Tuesday morning court session that the former Army lieutenant general was anxious to move on from his legal limbo.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who will decide Flynn's fate, had summoned Flynn to court because, he said, he felt "a level of discomfort" at not meeting him before the sentencing.
During the conference, Kelner asked the judge to set a date for the sentencing.
"Mr. Flynn is ready to get this chapter of his life behind him," he explained.
Sullivan made no promises but said he would consider shaving 30 days off the usual time between a final status report by the defense and prosecutors and the sentencing.
The charge in Flynn's case carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, but prosecutors could recommend a no-jail sentence in exchange for his cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.