Michael Flynn in talks with Congress, wary of prosecution
- Author: Adam Floyd Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 1:51
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn's offer to testify in return for immunity from prosecution hovered over the investigations Friday into Russia's communications with top aides to President Donald Trump. His son, Michael Flynn Jr., was sacked from the Trump transition team in December after promoting the "Pizzagate" hoax -which linked Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, with a nonexistent child sex ring purportedly run from a Washington, D.C. pizzeria.
Ironic, considering that during last year's presidential campaign, both Flynn and Trump made comments about how such deals indicated guilt.
Flynn was sacked from his job as Trump's first national security adviser after it was disclosed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador to the US during the transition.
Vice President Mike Pence appeared to speak to Trump just before the president ducked out of the room, perhaps trying to persuade him to return to his desk, where the orders remained unsigned.
Questions remain about the scope of the discussions and what other contacts took place between other Trump advisers with the Russians.
Why would Flynn ask for such a thing if what he has to say is not big enough to not only hurt him but possibly the Trump administration?
Rep. Adam Schiff says the White House has not explained why the materials were shared with only one member of the committee, chairman Devin Nunes. In the same report it was noted that some politicians have accused Flynn of treason and other crimes, hence Flynn asking for immunity. Trump tweeted Friday that he "should" ask for immunity and called the investigation into Russian connections a "witch hunt".
In September, Flynn weighed in on the implications of immunity on NBC's Meet the Press, criticizing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her associates in the FBI's investigation into her use of a private email server.More news: Former colleagues, judges to testify for Supreme Court pick Gorsuch
Flynn said he is only willing to talk to the Senate Intelligence Committee if he has the immunity he wants, therefore it must be given if Congress is ever to get some possible answers to possible ties.
They want to talk to Flynn about meetings he had with the Russian ambassador to the USA before President-elect Trump was inaugurated and legally entitled to conduct foreign policy.
Stephen Slick, a former CIA and NSC official, said it would be "highly unusual and likely unprecedented" for a member of Congress to travel to the White House to view intelligence reports "without prior authorization".
Mr Flynn was sacked in February after misleading the White House about his conversations with a Russian envoy.
Flynn's client, Ekim Alptekin, told the AP that the decision to file as a foreign agent had come under pressure from Justice Department officials.
Mr Flynn met Svetlana Lokhova at The Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, a forum for intelligence professionals attended by leading experts including Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, and Prof Christopher Andrew, the official MI5 historian, the Wall Street Journal reported.
He also believes Flynn's legal team is making the right decision to seek immunity before speaking with investigators.
"The president is very clear that he wants Mike Flynn to go and be completely open and transparent with the committee, and whatever it takes to do that he is supportive of", Spicer said.