Jul 10, 2018

Michael Flynn joins global lobbying firm founded by foreign agent

Michael Flynn departs the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse. Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who awaits sentencing for lying to federal investigators, will serve as the director of global strategy for a new lobbying and consulting firm called Stonington Global, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The details: The firm was founded by Washington lobbyist Nick Muzin, a registered foreign agent who most recently worked on an influence campaign for the government of Qatar. Muzin was named in a lawsuit against the Qatari government filed by Republican fundraiser Elliot Broidy, which alleged that the Gulf state had conspired with Muzin to hack Broidy's emails and smear his reputation.

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Some economists warn the stock market has been too "complacent" without factoring in the novel coronavirus as a valid risk, although the major averages were broadly lower midday Monday. Apple and Nvidia have issued earnings warnings and multiple conferences and sports events are being canceled or limited in size.

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