Michael Flynn made £1m for lobbying, speeches and other work

Cheryl Sanders
April 2, 2017

During an interview in September 2016 with the Meet The Press television program, Flynn was asked about the possibility that Trump's Democratic rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, or her associates might seek immunity in connection with an FBI investigation into her use of a private e-mail server. Rep. Adam Schiff went to the White House to view materials that he said were "precisely the same" as what House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes viewed there last week.

Flynn had been tapped by Trump to serve in his administration, but following claims he had misled officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, the president asked for his resignation in February.

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. NBC's second source said the Senate committee is "not receptive" to Flynn's immunity request "at this time". Though Flynn initially denied discussing USA sanctions imposed on Russian Federation with Kislyak, he later admitted that he had given Pence "incomplete information".

"No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch-hunt environment without assurances from unfair prosecution", said Mr. Kelner.

Meanwhile, Senator Angus King (independent-Maine), of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said it was too early to talk about granting Flynn immunity.

Flynn also was paid $11,250 each for the Kaspersky and Volga-Dnepr speeches that were made in Washington, according to the Washington Post.

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

"The easiest way to not incriminate yourself is to keep your mouth shut", said Washington lawyer Stephen Ryan, a congressional investigations expert.

Ryan said there's no doubt that a grant of congressional immunity can negatively affect a simultaneous criminal investigation.

He has now apparently been told by senior congressional officials that immunity is not currently on the table.

It's worth noting, based on this information, that the Trump administration is exceptionally uninformed about the ties between its members and adversarial powers, considering that a number of its members are embroiled in similar Russia-tied scandals.

Peter Zeidenberg, a former federal prosecutor and an assistant special counsel in the prosecution of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, said that the Senate committee apparently did not "want to screw up a possible prosecution".

Yesterday, Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn was back in the news-this time wanting to make a deal.

"As with any partisan investigation - and particularly one that grows in severity and magnitude by the day - there is still much work and many more witnesses and documents to obtain before any immunity request from any witness can be considered".

Like Trump, Flynn also made comments past year that have raised eyebrows given his reported request for immunity from prosecution. As of Wednesday, the Senate panel had asked to interview 20 people.

He and his firm also recently registered with the Justice Department as foreign agents for lobbying work conducted on behalf of a company owned by a Turkish businessman.

Meanwhile the White House continued to insist that there was evidence that the Trump campaign was subject to "politically motivated" snooping.

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