House intelligence panel tries to get Russian Federation investigation back on track

The speeches were not included in a form that Flynn signed electronically on February 11, which the White House also released on Saturday.

Schiff said Sunday that he received the immunity offer with "healthy skepticism", explaining that such a deal might undermine the Justice Department probe.

Then there was Devin Nunes, the chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, sharing information with the White House, because it might defuse the Obama wiretapping controversy, that he kept from his committee.

"When you are given immunity that means you've probably committed a crime", Flynn said on NBC's "Meet the Press" in September. "It is the same Fake News Media that said there is "no path to victory for Trump" that is now pushing the phony Russian Federation story". Today it has moved directly into the White House.

The congressional investigations into Russian election interference and the Trump campaign's possible Russian ties have become a near-daily distraction for a new administration struggling to find its footing.

"Increasingly, it appears with General Flynn now saying he would testify if granted immunity, that really suggests very heavily there is definitely fire and what we have been seeing over the last few weeks is an attempt to cover up fire with smoke", Gergen told CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday night.

Arguing the White House's case Friday, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said: "There is a concern that people misused, mishandled, misdirected classified information - leaked it out, spread it out, violated civil liberties".

Flynn's ties to Russian Federation have been scrutinized by the FBI and are under investigation by the House and Senate intelligence committees.

The president weighed in on Flynn the day after the ousted national security adviser's attorney confirmed the immunity discussions with intelligence committees in both the Senate and House that are investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

A representative for former President Barack Obama declined to comment.

"Well, it doesn't look good", Chaffetz told Fox News on Friday.

Trump has said he asked Flynn to step down because he misled the vice-president about a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador to the USA during the transition.

"When you compare the two sides in terms of who's actually engaging with Russian Federation, trying to strengthen them, trying to act with them, trying to interact with them, it is night and day between our actions and her actions", Spicer said.

The tweet signaled the President is not just ready to target the House Freedom Caucus as a group but is equally ready to single out individual members, raising questions about whether he will support primary challenges against individual members ahead of the midterm elections in 2018.

Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, said his client was in the process of submitting his financial disclosures forms in the days before he left the White House. And what is now known has not only deeply compromised the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into the Russian Federation affair, but also raised questions that White House officials seem unable or unwilling to answer - but which investigators will eventually have to answer.

Flynn reported between $750,000 and $1.5 million in mortgage debt related to his personal home and a rental property.

  • Larry Hoffman