Michael Flynn’s son says that there has been no immunity request. He labels it all as #fakenews that he blames on Twitter trolls. It is hard to divide the fake news from the real news lately. Has anybody actually seen this immunity request? Maybe the media shuld wait until the actually have real news to report.
As Written By Hunter Walker, National Correspondent for Yahoo News:
WASHINGTON — Michael Flynn Jr., the son of President Trump’s former national security adviser, took to Twitter on Friday to dispute reports that his father is willing to testify before Congress in exchange for immunity.
Flynn Jr.’s father, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, is at the center of the allegations surrounding Trump’s ties to Russia. On Thursday evening, the Wall Street Journal reported the elder Flynn is willing to be interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional officials investigating links between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government “in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution.” The Journal story cited “officials with knowledge of the matter.”
Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, seemed to confirm the Journal’s reporting when he tweeted a statement on Thursday evening saying the former general “certainly has a story to tell” and “very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.” Kelner confirmed that Flynn’s legal team is in communication with the House and Senate intelligence committees running the Russia probes, but the attorney’s statement did not describe the nature of those talks beyond saying that Flynn wants “assurances against unfair prosecution” in a “highly polarized, witch hunt environment.” The statement from Flynn’s attorney did not specifically use the word “immunity.”
It isn’t clear what Flynn’s potential legal jeopardy might be, if any. The intelligence community has said the Russian government interfered in last year’s election to help Trump win, but law enforcement has not alleged that the Trump campaign was complicit with these efforts.
In testimony before Congress earlier this month, FBI Director James Comey confirmed the bureau is investigating the possibility of collusion. Flynn and other Trump associates did have contact with Russian officials, including Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, during the campaign and presidential transition. Flynn was fired from his position as national security adviser in February after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his conversations with Kislyak. There have been reports Flynn also made false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Kislyak and failed to properly register with the Justice Department as a lobbyist for the government of Turkey. It’s not known if the FBI is still investigating those matters, or whether it would pursue charges, but if it did, it could complicate any efforts to secure immunity because Congress doesn’t normally make immunity deals that could interfere with federal investigations.
After the Journal’s report about the immunity deal was published, Flynn Jr. sent a series of tweets dismissing it. First, he retweeted Kelner’s statement and an earlier message from the attorney criticizing the Journal for including “sensational claims” about Flynn in a story published earlier this month. The disputed story, based on an account by former CIA Director James Woolsey, concerned a plot to transport a Turkish opposition figure from the U.S. to Turkey, which has sought his extradition. Flynn has denied any connection to the alleged…..
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