Last week, Mike Flynn’s lawyer made an offer to the FBI as well as both the House ad Senate Intelligence committees that involve him receiving immunity in exchange for his testimony in the current investigation regarding President Donald Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia. On Friday afternoon (Mar. 31), the Senate Intelligence Committee turned down Flynn’s request for immunity.
It is reported that the offer for immunity was currently “not on the table” and it was communicated that it is “not receptive” to Flynn’s request “at this time.” Rep. Adam Schiff, D.-Calif., acknowledged that the Justice Department is interested in Flynn’s testimony and could take lead over Congress’ wish to hear from him.
In a statement, Schiff acknowledges there are “many more witnesses and documents to obtain” before the House Intelligence Committee can consider Flynn’s immunity request, one specifically being a background check that would show whether Flynn reported work he did for any foreign entities.
Schiff also noted, “we should first acknowledge what a grave and momentous step it is for a former National Security Adviser to the President of the United States to ask for immunity from prosecution.”
President Donald Trump tweeted early Friday that Flynn was right to ask for immunity.
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