Michael Flynn in talks with Congress, wary of prosecution

Michael Flynn in talks with Congress, wary of prosecution
Michael Flynn in talks with Congress, wary of prosecution
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05 April, 2017

Michael Flynn's attorney says the former national security adviser is in discussions with the House and Senate intelligence committees on receiving immunity from "unfair prosecution" in exchange for questioning.

Nunes is leading one of three investigations into Russia's attempt to influence the campaign and Trump associates' possible involvement.

The two filings came more than a month after Trump asked Flynn to resign as national security adviser, saying he had misled the vice president about a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador to the USA during the transition.

His resignation came after it emerged that he made misleading statements about talks he held with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition concerning Washington's sanctions on Moscow. They centre on the scope of the discussions and what other contact there was between other Trump advisers with the Russians.

Trump took a different stance Friday when he tweeted that Flynn is within his rights to request immunity.

But early Monday, a new cloud of suspicion moved in over the White House over its role in helping House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes access classified information that the President later claimed partially vindicated his accusation that his predecessor "wiretapped" him. In the same report it was noted that some politicians have accused Flynn of treason and other crimes, hence Flynn asking for immunity.

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

The Wall Street Journal, citing officials with knowledge of the matter, reported on Thursday that Flynn had sought immunity from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the House and Senate intelligence panels in exchange for his testimony.

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Trump also launched a White House Office of American Innovation led by top aide and son-in-law, Kushner, aimed at reforming the federal government through private-sector solutions.

Trump's latest missive came a day after an attorney for Flynn, the former president's national security adviser, said his client would not submit to questioning in the ongoing Russian Federation investigations without protection against possible prosecution.

Flynn retroactively registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department for work that his firm, Flynn Intel Group, did for a Dutch consulting company, Inovo BV, which has ties to President Recep Erdogan of Turkey.

House investigators have been discussing bringing Flynn in for weeks now, but they have also expressed concerns that Flynn would plead the Fifth Amendment if forced to testify.

The House and Senate intelligence committees and the FBI are investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. Peskov said the Kremlin isn't anxious about Flynn's potential testimony because there is "no evidence" implicating Russian Federation.

"While I can not discuss the content of the documents", Schiff said, "if the White House had any concern over these materials, they should have been shared with the full (House and Senate intelligence) committees in the first place as a part of our ordinary oversight responsibilities".

During a press conference Friday at UND, Heitkamp said it is not for her to judge what the call for immunity means but asked people watching the developments to wait until the investigation had run its course instead of speculating.


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