Retired Lt. General, and short-term National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn offered to give testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee in exchange for immunity from any charges related to suspected Russian connections. However, the Senate Intelligence Committee has rejected his plea.
The President agreed with Flynn’s offer to the Committee, as we reported this morning.
Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2017
Two Congressional sources informed NBC News this morning that the Senate Committee would not be granting the request.
A senior congressional official with direct knowledge said Flynn’s lawyer was told it was “wildly preliminary” and that immunity was “not on the table” at the moment. A second source said the committee communicated that it is “not receptive” to Flynn’s request “at this time.”
As of this time, immunity for Flynn is not on the table. However, according to Flynn’s attorney, he has a story to tell and he wants to have discussions about what happened.
Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, confirmed in a statement that discussions had taken place with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and said “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it.”
However, Kelner said, “out of respect” for the committees, he and Flynn would not comment on the details of the discussions — and he accused the media of being “awash with unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo.”
Kelner further stated that it would be imprudent for Flynn to begin questioning while the environment surrounding the controversy is so politicized.
“No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurance against unfair prosecution.”
Flynn was chosen as the President’s National Security Adviser, but had to resign due to suspicion that he improperly communicated with Russian government officials before assuming his position in the administration.