Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has agreed to testify in front of Congress and federal investigators regarding Russian interference with the U.S. elections, but only if he is granted immunity.
CNN reports that this development is a possible major turning point in the federal investigation regarding Russia’s possible influence in the outcome of the elections.
Flynn has been a controversial figure for the Trump administration due to his past contact with Russian officials. Just weeks into the Trump administration, Flynn was asked to resign for misleading Mike Pence and other administration officials about his contact with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
According to the Associated Press, Flynn is now asking House and Senate intelligence communities for immunity for “fear of unfair prosecution.” In the same report it was noted that some politicians have accused Flynn of treason and other crimes, hence Flynn asking for immunity.
Flynn was a well-known Clinton critic during the 2016 Presidential Campaign. In September of 2016, he went on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd and offered his opinion on immunity in federal investigations, specifically in regards to Hillary Clinton’s email server. This interview from September has been in the news now in relation to Flynn asking for immunity because in this interview Flynn said that “When you are given immunity, that means you have probably committed a crime.”
President Donald Trump tweeted his support of Flynn earlier today.
Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2017