Michael Flynn Agrees To Submit Himself For Questioning In Exchange For Immunity: Is He Guilty?
Donald Trump's presidency has been riddled with questions with regard to his ties to the Russian government. The Chief Executive's allegations that the Obama administration wiretapped him have only added fuel to the fire, and Trump's own selected officials are not really giving the president's reputation a boost.
In February, Trump's national security advisor, retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, was forced to resign after admitting that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his communications with Russia. Now the sacked advisor is back and wants to make a deal with investigators in exchange for immunity.
Flynn On The Allegations
Flynn admitted that he spoke to the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, with regard to the Obama administration's increased sanctions on Russia. This was after the country's alleged role in hacking the Democratic Party in an effort to help then-Republican candidate Trump win the National Elections.
The act in itself may not be too severe; however, Flynn communicated the information before he even discussed it with the new incoming president and vice president and did not immediately inform them of the communications.
He finally apologized to Trump and Pence about his mistake when the information came out but was forced to resign anyway, and FBI and Senate investigations on the matter continued.
It was reported on March 30 that Flynn has come out and agreed to share his side of the story about the Russia issue, but the former security advisor will only do so in exchange for immunity.
Robert Kelner, Flynn's attorney, posted a statement regarding this move on his Twitter account. He said that the media was proliferating unfounded allegations and that his client would willingly face the witch hunt if he is protected from unfair prosecution.
"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," Kelner wrote.
You can read the full statement below.
In 2016, when news about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server came out, Flynn publicly asserted that asking for immunity is somehow an admission of guilt.
"When you are given immunity, that means you have probably committed a crime," Flynn said in an interview.
Now Flynn's own words have come back to haunt him.
You can watch the short clip below.
Immunity For Flynn?
Whether Flynn would be granted immunity or not is up to the authorities to decide. As of writing, both the House Intelligence Committee and Democratic Committee have denied receiving such an offer from Flynn, while the Department of Justice declined to comment.