A special lawyer delays grand jury testimony amid indications of conversations about Flynn’s deal


Other witnesses were expected to be interviewed soon, including a public relations consultant hired by Flynn's lobbying firm, who was given a deadline to appear before the grand jury, according to a person from the company.

delay, the impression was that the testimony should happen soon, said the source.

"Time seems to be the essence," said the source at Sphere Consulting, the public relations firm where the consultant worked.

The grand jury's testimony was postponed, the person said, for no reason. There can be many reasons for a delay, including programming problems.

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The Sphere government relations arm, SGR LLC, Government Relations and Lobbying, is one of several companies hired by Flynn Intel Group for Inovo BV, a Dutch company owned by Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin, according to documents filed by Flynn Intel Group under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), Inovo hired Flynn to investigate Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish exiled cleric whom Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused of being behind the military coup attempt of 2016 to overthrow him, said the presentation.

Inovo paid Flynn's group $ 530,000 for the investigation, which was supposed to result in a documentary video but was never finished. The Sphere SGR received $ 40,000.

Sphere has cooperated with the investigation for months. The investigation was originally opened before the appointment of the special lawyer, according to the source. Sphere, which was cited in June, was described as "a collaborating witness at best". Sphere has not been charged with any crime.

Interviews conducted by specialized lawyers have included questions about Flynn's business and his son, such as his company's report on overseas work income, witnesses told two witnesses interviewed by CNN. The Law on Registration of Foreign Agents requires that persons acting as agents of foreign entities publicly disclose their relationship with foreign countries or companies and financial compensation for such work.

Another area of ​​interest to Mueller's team is the alleged involvement of Flynn in discussions about the idea of ​​removing Gulen, who has been living in exile in Pennsylvania, the sources said. In the past, a spokesperson for Flynn has denied that such discussions occurred. Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, has described the reports of a supposed kidnapping plan as "scandalous" and "false." Kelner could not be reached for comment.

Peter Carr, spokesman for the special lawyer, declined to comment.

Flynn revealed his work for Inovo on a lobbying disclosure form in September 2016. Months later, in March 2017, he submitted a FARA disclosure form stating "due to the commitment issue, the work of the Intel Group Intel for Inovo could be interpreted as having benefited primarily from the Republic of Turkey. "

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