Lanny Griffith
Lanny Griffith

BGR Group is representing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on a pro bono basis, providing strategic government affairs and PR services in the US.

"BGR is proud to work on behalf of the people of Venezuela to assist the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Ambassador Carlos Vecchio and his team," said a statement from the firm's president Jeffrey Birnbaum, "We are acting in support of the legitimate government of President Juan Guaidó in the United States. We will provide government relations and communications assistance pro bono to promote the cause of freedom and democracy in Venezuela."

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told ABC News on May 5 that president Nicolas Maduro “can’t be part of Venezuela’s future.”

He said Maduro's exit could be in “two weeks or could be four weeks.”

Pompeo did not rule out an American invasion to oust the Venezuelan leader.

BGR has agreed to work for an initial six-month term “without any expectations or promises of payment in the future,” according to chairman Lanny Griffith’s letter to Vecchio. 

BGR or the Embassy may terminate the arrangement for any reason upon 30 days written notice.