Flynn's Empty Immunity Plea Means He Has Little to Say
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 12:06
President Donald Trump is facing new questions about political interference in the investigations into Russian election meddling following reports that White House officials secretly funneled material to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Trump has vigorously denied that his campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the election.
Schiff said committee leaders would be discussing the issue with their Senate counterparts and the Justice Department.
Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!
House hearings are on hold following criticism of Nunes for discussing the investigation at the White House without telling the other committee members.
Testimony from Flynn could help shed light on the conversations he had past year with Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the United States, while national security adviser for Trump's presidential campaign.
A discussion between Flynn and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees has taken place but Flynn refuses to comment on the details, according to a statement from Flynn's counsel Robert Kelner.
Then the second open hearing ended up being canceled, and Nunes was invited to the White House to look at intelligence concerning incidental collection of Trump staff communications during surveillance activities on Russian Federation.
Not to be outdone, Trump himself told a rally in Wisconsin around the same time that "The reason they get immunity is because they did something wrong, if they didn't do anything wrong, they don't think in terms of immunity".
There are three other people associated with the Trump campaign who are a part of investigation's by the FBI, according the US officials.
Q: If a witness seeks immunity, doesn't that mean he or she is probably guilty of a crime?
Officials said the idea of immunity for Flynn - who is considered a central figure in the probes because of his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States - was a "non-starter", particularly at such an early stage of the investigations.
"When the time comes to consider requests for immunity from any witness, we will of course require a detailed proffer of any intended testimony", Schiff said.
Just before noon, NBC News, citing a senior congressional official with direct knowledge, reported the Senate Intelligence Committee had rejected Flynn's request, telling his attorney that it was "wildly preliminary" and it was "not on the table" at this point.
"While I can not discuss the content of the documents", Schiff said, "if the White House had any concern over these materials, they should have been shared with the full (House and Senate intelligence) committees in the first place as a part of our ordinary oversight responsibilities".
In the weeks after he resigned, Flynn and his business registered with the Justice Department as foreign agents for $530,000 worth of lobbying work that could have benefited the Turkish government.
Trying to fend off the growing criticism, Trump's top lawyer invited lawmakers from both parties to view classified information at the White House.