Ex-Trump Adviser Flynn Seeks Immunity Before Testifying On Russia Contacts

Cheryl Sanders
March 31, 2017

The committees and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections, and what contacts the Donald Trump campaign had with Russian officials.

Trump demanded Flynn's resignation last month after leaning that the national security adviser misled Vice President Pence and other administration officials about talks he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

"General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit", said Flynn's attorney, Robert Kelner.

She says, "I really don't want to think that it's about Flynn to get the president".

The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting its own investigation into Russian election interference and conducted a hearing Thursday.

Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also said it was too soon to discuss immunity.

Flynn, who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama, was one of Trump's closest advisers during the campaign and briefly held one of the most sensitive jobs in the administration, which carries the highest-level security clearance.

Last September during the U.S. presidential campaigns, Michael Flynn went onto NBC's Meet the Press and complained about associates of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton having immunity.

On Thursday, reports swirled that two National Security staffers secretly helped House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes examine intelligence information on White House grounds last week.

President Trump on Friday signaled his support for Flynn's decision in a tweet calling it a witch hunt by the media and Democrats.

The investigations involve possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russians allegedly seeking to influence the 2016 election.

Congressional committees and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are also looking into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election campaign. "When you are given immunity that means that you've probably committed a crime".

Michael Flynn is probably regretting an interview he gave to NBC in September 2016.

The chief spokesman for President Vladimir Putin says relations between the United States and Russian Federation are at a very low ebb, perhaps exceeding Cold War-era hostility between Washington and Moscow.

Flynn spoke with Kislyak multiple times during the transition, including on December 29, the day then-President Obama retaliated against Moscow for its hacking of Democratic political groups and individuals, which intelligence agencies say was done to aid Trump's campaign. Spokespeople for the chairman and ranking member of the Senate committee did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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