Donald Trump's former NSA will testify, but wants immunity
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 8:37
US President Donald Trump had on Friday backed a decision by his former national security adviser to seek immunity in congressional investigations of possible ties between his election campaign and Russian Federation, but there was no immediate sign a request would be granted.
Trump spokesman Spicer said the president "thinks he should go out and tell his story". U.S. intelligence officials have concluded the Russian interference was created to help Trump beat Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent.
Nunes has shared information connected to his committee's investigation to the very White House whose campaign is being investigated. The truth is buried somewhere in classified material that is illegal to disclose.
A close adviser to Trump's 2016 campaign, Flynn was forced to step down after just 24 days in his White House job after misleading the vice president about conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak after the election.
Trump nevertheless encouraged Flynn's move in a tweet that appeared to lay down a challenge.
In September, Flynn weighed in on the implications of immunity on NBC's Meet the Press, criticizing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her associates in the FBI's investigation into her use of a private email server. The U.S. considers RT, which is state-sponsored, to be a propaganda outlet.
"That's not asking for immunity", Nunes said, when read the statement from Flynn's lawyer by a CNN reporter. The lawyer described the talks as ongoing and said he would not comment on the details.
"No I don't think it's a witch hunt". Both panels are looking into Russia's meddling in the election and any ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin.
"It certainly is an attempt to distract and to hide the origin of the materials, to hide the White House hand", Schiff said Sunday.
Flynn, a retired lieutenant general who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency before being pushed out by the Obama administration, advised the Trump campaign beginning in 2015.
"That's why you have the leaking", Farkas said in the March 2 interview on MSNBC. "Couldn't he be asking for immunity for his actions servicing the Obama administration?"
Warner in the interview Sunday also called the behavior of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) "bizarre, at best".
Nunes said that the surveillance was legal and occurred only "incidentally", meaning that Trump was recorded while speaking to someone who was targeted by the surveillance warrant. But he said their identities may have been improperly revealed.
Rep. Schiff caught the White House red-handed in their cover-up.
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It's been a busy Saturday on Twitter for President Donald Trump, who is not golfing at his Mar-a-Lago resort this weekend, with the president now pushing a Friday evening report on Fox News stating he was spied upon before being elected.
Flynn's ties to Russian Federation have been scrutinized by the FBI and are under investigation by the House and Senate intelligence committees.
But Flynn is not the only Trump associate to have had contacts with Russian Federation during the campaign. "So it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy, um, that the Trump folks - if they found out how we knew what we knew about their, the Trump staff, dealing with Russians - that they would try to compromise those sources and methods - meaning we would no longer have access to that intelligence".
On Sunday, Schiff told CNN that he treats Flynn's request with "healthy skepticism", saying that premature grant of immunity for Flynn could interfere with any case that the Federal Bureau of Investigation may be building against Flynn.