Stonington Global founder Nick Muzin, who has been a consultant for the Qatari government and the Democratic Party of Albania, said in a statement that Flynn would use his "military and national security experience" to help clients. He was accompanied by his wife, Trish, and his attorney Robert Kelner who informed Judge Sullivan that Flynn is eager to "proceed with sentencing whenever possible". "He (Flynn) was aware that a statement was being drafted, but he did not intend that it be issued at this time".
Kelner did not explain further what Flynn's ties to Muzin and Stonington are, or comment on whether he would join the firm in the future.
The attorney, Robert Kelner, confirmed at the hearing that his client is continuing to cooperate with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of any links between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
At the 13-minute court proceeding, Sullivan discussed with Flynn's team how quickly they'd like to have sentencing happen once Flynn's cooperation with Mueller's office ends.
Flynn has become an important exhibit for some Trump supporters who argue that the former general was mistreated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to undermine the president.
According to Zoe Tillman of BuzzFeed, U.S. Federal Judge Emmitt Sullivan told Flynn that he could be sentenced as soon as late October.
Judge Emmet Sullivan said he simply wanted to meet Flynn, his attorneys and prosecutors for the first time at the hearing the judge had called. He said its issuance appeared to be the result of a misunderstanding.
Flynn's December guilty plea to a charge lodged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe into possible ties between Trump 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, was part of a deal for cooperation which allowed him to avoid much more serious charges of acting as an unregistered lobbyist for Turkey and Russian Federation.
The Wall Street Journal was first to report the announcement declaring Flynn's return to the consulting world following his ouster from the Trump administration and ensuing guilty plea past year.
This weird announcement and reversal is happening as Flynn waits to be sentenced for lying to federal investigators, appearing in court Tuesday for the first time since he pled guilty in December.
Flynn is not the only person from Trump's team who agreed to cooperate with the special counsel's office.
Kelner said he did not expect material changes to the facts of the case going forward, an indication that evidence turned over by Mueller has not prompted a rethink of Flynn's plea agreement.
Flynn resigned from his top White House post in February 2017 after the White House said that he misled Vice President Pence and other administration officials about his contacts with Kislyak.
Flynn's mere presence in court in Washington could serve to puncture ongoing speculation by conservative media that Mueller's case against Flynn is falling apart and that the former national security adviser may withdraw his guilty plea.
The move was announced Tuesday morning, but by early evening, reality apparently dawned on Flynn.
In the seven months since Flynn pleaded guilty, it's unclear what assistance he's provided to prosecutors.
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!"