Before news broke that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will testify in exchange for immunity in the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia, Flynn said on television that a grant of immunity “means you’ve probably committed a crime.”
According to NBC, in September, Flynn told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, “When you are given immunity that means you’ve probably committed a crime.” NBC reported that Flynn was talking about Hillary Clinton when he made that remark, and the investigation into her emails.
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The Wall Street Journal broke the story on March 30 that Flynn has offered to be interviewed in the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia in exchange for prosecutorial immunity.
In a statement issued after that report, Flynn’s lawyer tweeted that the retired lieutenant general “has a story to tell, and he very much needs to tell it.”
Flynn resigned after questions arose about his communications with the Russian ambassador before Donald Trump’s inauguration; the president broke with Flynn because he believed Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence about those conversations.
The potential of a Flynn immunity offer raises the stakes for the Trump administration and has a lot of people wondering what Flynn has to say.
The Wall Street Journal broke the story, based on anonymous sources, on March 30.
“Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has told the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional officials investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution,” the newspaper reported.
NBC News reported that it had confirmed the story.
After the report in The Wall Street Journal, Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, released a statement on Twitter that confirmed “discussions have taken place” although it doesn’t specifically use the word immunity.