- Flynn’s lawyers say he has a story to tell;
- Three Trump’s other aides come up to testify without seeking immunity;
Michael Flynn agrees to testify unless granted immunity
The erstwhile national security adviser to the US new administration, Michael Flynn agrees to testify before the federal and congressional investigators in their ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the just concluded US elections; however, Flynn tied his testimony to a must granted immunity.
Flynn’s statement to testify is a major development into the Russian-election-meddling probe which has made headlines in the US since President Donald Trump took office.
Meanwhile controversial questions emerged over the nature of connection Flynn had with the Russians and if he violated any restrictions on contacts with foreign officials. Flynn was compelled to resign after he was alleged to have misled Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with the Russian ambassador to the US.
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“Gen. Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit. … 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 against unfair prosecution,” Robert Kelner, Flynn’s lawyer, said in a statement late Thursday.
Meanwhile, President Trump, Friday morning urged Flynn to seek immunity to protect himself from a “witch hunt.”
“Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!” Trump tweeted.
When asked about Flynn’s offer, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Kremlin, on Friday said the Russian government has not given it “any evaluations.” But he reiterated President Vladimir Puntin’s comments on Thursday where he dismissed claims that Russia interfered in the US election as “fictional, illusory, provocations and lies.”
However, three of Trumps aides who are also under the federal investigation into Russia’s interference in the US elections have already come forward to say they would testify – freely without seeking for immunity.
Also, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former adviser Roger Stone and former foreign policy adviser Carter Page all responded through their lawyers over the weekend that they were ready to appear before the House and Senate investigators.
The House investigators have been discussing Flynn’s interrogation for weeks, but they have also thought about the possibility of Flynn pleading the Fifth Amendment if coerced to testify.
On the other hand, Democrats had picked on Flynn pointing to a comment he made last year on MSNBC saying: “when you are given immunity that means you probably committed a crime.”
Credits: CNN, Stingged.com