Michael Flynn seeks immunity for testimony in Russia probe

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  • Mike Flynn has sent the offer to testify to both the FBI and House and Senate intelligence committees
  • Agencies have not yet taken him up on the offer, the Wall Street Journal reports
  • The FBI and intelligence committees are investigating if anyone in the Trump administration colluded with Russia prior to the election
  • Flynn said during a 2016 interview about Hillary Clinton that anyone who seeks immunity has ‘probably committed a crime’
  • He resigned as Trump’s security adviser in February after 24 days following reports that he misled White House staff on his interactions with Russia

By

Emily Crane For Dailymail.com


Published:
18:58 EDT, 30 March 2017

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Updated:
20:11 EDT, 30 March 2017

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn is reportedly willing to testify about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

Flynn, who resigned as Trump’s security adviser after just 24 days, has sent the request to both the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The agencies have not yet taken Flynn up on his offer, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.

His attorney Robert Kelner declined to comment. 

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn is reportedly willing to testify about the Trump campaign's ties to Russia in exchange for immunity 
President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn is reportedly willing to testify about the Trump campaign's ties to Russia in exchange for immunity 

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn is reportedly willing to testify about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in exchange for immunity 

The FBI and intelligence committees are trying to determine if anyone in the Trump administration colluded with Russia to interfere with the presidential election. 

Flynn’s decision comes after he told NBC’s Meet The Press last year that anyone who seeks immunity has ‘probably committed a crime’. 

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He made the comments in relation to former Hillary Clinton staffers being granted immunity as the FBI investigated her use of her server when she was secretary of state. 

‘The very last thing that John Podesta (Clinton’s campaign chairman) just said is no individual too big to jail, that should include people like Hillary Clinton,’ he said.

‘I mean, five people around her have had, have been given immunity, to include her former Chief of Staff. When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime.’ 

Flynn’s resignation in February came after reports emerged that he misled White House staff on his interactions with Russia and discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador prior to the inauguration.  

Vice President Mike Pence had publicly vouched for Flynn, without knowing the full details of the calls, and gave him his full support. Flynn later issued a grovelling apology to Pence. 

Flynn (center), who resigned as Trump's security adviser after just 24 days, has sent the request to both the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees 
Flynn (center), who resigned as Trump's security adviser after just 24 days, has sent the request to both the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees 

Flynn (center), who resigned as Trump’s security adviser after just 24 days, has sent the request to both the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees 

Flynn's resignation in February came after reports emerged that he misled White House staff on his interactions with Russia and discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador
Flynn's resignation in February came after reports emerged that he misled White House staff on his interactions with Russia and discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador

Flynn’s resignation in February came after reports emerged that he misled White House staff on his interactions with Russia and discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador

The Justice Department had warned the Trump administration about Flynn’s contacts with Russia weeks before he was forced out. 

Government officials supposedly informed the White House because they were concerned Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail by the Kremlin. 

The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee said on Wednesday that the panel ‘will get to the bottom’ of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Sen. Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat and vice chairman, and Sen. Richard Burr, the committee’s Republican chairman, addressed reporters ahead of their panel’s first hearing on Russia.

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The stakes for the Senate investigation have been heightened given the disarray in the House investigation into Russia. Democrats have called on Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican chair of the House committee, to recuse himself over his close relationship with the Trump White House.

Burr says the Senate committee has contacted 20 individuals about sitting for interviews. Among them is Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who has acknowledged meetings with Russians during the transition.   

The Justice Department had warned the Trump administration about Flynn's contacts with Russia weeks before he was forced out 
The Justice Department had warned the Trump administration about Flynn's contacts with Russia weeks before he was forced out 

The Justice Department had warned the Trump administration about Flynn’s contacts with Russia weeks before he was forced out 

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