Trump wants Flynn to testify: White House

White House spokesman Sean Spicer was asked at a news briefing if he was concerned that Flynn could provide information that could be harmful to the administration and replied, "Nope".

Former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn has disclosed he earned more than 1.3 million dollars (£1 million) for work for political groups and government contractors, as well as for speeches to Russian companies and lobbying for a firm owned by a Turkish businessman. He omitted Kurtulus, however, in another section of the form requiring more specific disclosures for income sources in the past year.

Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, was forced out of the Trump administration after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the USA after Trump's victory.

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.

At some point in his career, Gen. Michael Flynn became a hired gun.

WELNA: Well, I think we would not hear from him before we hear from former acting attorney general Sally Yates.

The imponderables in the equation are the partisan dysfunction in Congress and the administrative chaos in the White House.

Mr Flynn's ties to Russian Federation have been scrutinised by the FBI and are under investigation by the congressional committees.

"The easiest way to not incriminate yourself is to keep your mouth shut", said Washington lawyer Stephen Ryan, a congressional investigations expert. She left the Pentagon in 2015, just over a year before the election.

But said Thomas Lifson, publisher of American Thinker: "The media and Democrats have created a smoke and mirrors crisis out of innuendo accompanied by no hard facts".

Russian Federation has denied allegations that it hacked emails of Democratic groups and released information to tip the presidential election toward Mr Trump.

"It means that whatever you think is going on, or indictments that the law may be coming at you with, something you think that you've done wrong - you ask for immunity", Nance said.

The White House has embraced a top Republican's assertion that information about Trump associates were improperly spread around the government in the final days of the Obama administration.

House hearings are on hold following criticism of Nunes for discussing the investigation at the White House without telling the other committee members.

The president signed the executive orders after meeting with the National Association of Manufacturers and announcing the results of a new survey showing their views on the nation's economic future, CBS2's Dick Brennan reported. And the White House claims this routine monitoring of communications revealed the identities of some of the Trump transition team. Nunes has disputed that but still says he found the reports "troubling". How much of a risk is the White House taking by urging Flynn to testify?

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.

Mr Flynn has been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has been investigating allegations of contacts past year between Trump campaign officials and Russian officials and surrogates. Trump has vigorously denied that his campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the election.

To deflect questions about Trump's friendly rhetoric toward Russian Federation, the White House points to the fact that Clinton was a central figure in the Obama administration's attempt to "reset" relations with Moscow - an effort that crumbled after Vladimir Putin took back the presidency.

  • Carolyn Briggs