Michael Flynn did not reveal Russian Federation speaking fees in White House

Carla Harmon
April 5, 2017

Donald Trump, whose Saturday mornings are apparently much freer than one might expect the president's to be, spent a good chunk of time between breakfast and lunch yesterday rage-tweeting about news coverage of the investigations into Russian interference in the presidential election a year ago and possible connections between his campaign and that Kremlin-directed effort.

Spicer said the president wants Flynn to testify in front of the committees.

In a Facebook Live interview following his appearance on ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman was asked if Flynn's immunity request could fuel suspicion that contacts between Trump associates and Russian Federation were improper. It's unclear why Flynn would go rogue, bringing up these matters without being directed to by Trump or Pence, but that's their story and they're sticking to it.

House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) held a news conference on March 30, about their ongoing investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Democrats and others say the House investigation has already been undermined by committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes and are calling for an independent, bipartisan probe like the so-called 9/11 Commission.


What Flynn could tell investigators is unknown.

On Apr. 3, Williams stated that the controversy over Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election was weakening Trump's legitimacy as president and could result in his impeachment.

Q: If a witness seeks immunity, doesn't that mean he or she is probably guilty of a crime?

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 committee "had a preliminary conversation with Michael Flynn's lawyer about arranging for Flynn to speak to the committee", spokesman Jack Langer said.


Before stepping down as a top adviser, Flynn submitted financial information to federal ethics officials that made no mention of the $45,000 he was paid by Russia Today, also known as RT.

"I don't think we can say anything definitively at this point", Schiff said. "We need to know how, we need to know why, and most of all we need to know what to do to prevent this kind of activity, which they continue to carry on in free nations around the world", McCain said. As of Wednesday, the Senate panel had asked to interview 20 people.

Here's the problem for Trump: Even if you believe that Rice did something that was wrong - and virtually every intelligence official insists unmasking is a commonplace procedure - it still doesn't address his claim that he had evidence that Obama has authorized the wiretapping of Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.

The company filed as a foreign agent last month with the Justice Department, acknowledging that its lobbying work a year ago probably benefited the government of Turkey even as Mr Flynn was advising Mr Trump's presidential campaign.

Flynn was sacked by U.S. President Donald Trump as national security adviser on February 13 after only 24 days on the job.


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