Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has offered to testify to the FBI about President Donald Trump’s ties with Russia in exchange for immunity.
Flynn has informed both the FBI and members of Congress investigating the relationship between Russia and the president that “he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution, according to officials with knowledge of the matter,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
The president responded with a tweet, repeating his claims that the three ongoing investigations are no more than “witch hunts.”
“Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss),” Trump tweeted, “by media & Dems, of historic proportion!”
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
The news broke on Thursday night when Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, issued a statement saying that his client was ready to talk.
“General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” stated Kelner in the statement.
Flynn resigned last month from his post as National Security Advisor after news surfaced that he had spoken over the phone with Russian officials, discussing the possibility of lifting sanctions.
Flynn’s attorney cited the political climate as a reason to seek assurance that his client could speak freely without legal consequences.
“No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch-hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution,” the statement continued.
He continued, saying that media coverage of Flynn’s actions have been nothing but “unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo.”
There is recent precedent for granting immunity to those under investigation by the FBI.
Last September, some of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s aides who testified in the investigation concerning her use of a private email server were given the same protection that Flynn now seeks.
“When you are given immunity, that means you probably committed a crime,” Flynn said at the time, according to The Washington Post.
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