Michael Flynn in talks with Congress, wary of prosecution
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 17:30
He says no "reasonable person" with legal counsel would answer questions without assurances.
Yes. US intelligence agencies have said Russian Federation hacked emails of senior Democrats and orchestrated the release of embarrassing information in a bid to tip the presidential election in favour of Trump.
The FBI is investigating whether Trump's campaign personnel colluded with Russian officials who allegedly interfered with the election. Trump wrote in a tweet.
The discussions were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which cited unnamed officials who claimed that Lt. Gen. Flynn has made offers to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the House and Senate intelligence committees through Mr. Kelner but has so far found no takers.
"If this turns out to be the case, that is a significant development, I believe, because it indicates that he has something to say", -*independent Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee* told reporters he could not confirm the report. The aide was not authorized to discuss private conversations and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Speaking on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Mr Schiff said he was "more than willing" to accept the White House offer to view new information, but he raised concerns that Trump officials might have used Mr Nunes to "launder information to our committee to avoid the true source".
Four other Trump associates have come forward in recent weeks, saying they would talk to the committees. A spokesperson for the Senate intelligence committee declined comment Thursday evening.
In his statement, Kelner said the political climate in which Flynn is facing "claims of treason and vicious innuendo" is factoring into his negotiations with the committees. He was referring to the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was U.S. secretary of state.
"When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime", Flynn said during the interview.
Michael Flynn is a former lieutenant general of the US Army who was forced to resign from his role as Trump's national security adviser after misleading the White House about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the US.
Let's not forget, Flynn, in an arrangement with the Justice Dept., retroactively registered as a foreign agent because he had been working for the Turkish government - while advising Trump.