Washington: Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s immunity offer is being discussed in great details by the media across the world. While the issue is important in itself as he was a top Donald Trump aid and a former National Security Advisor of the US President, but also because it may have long term, and rather adverse implications for Donald Trump presidency.
A New York Times report claims that the former US National Security Advisor, who served on the post for less than a month -24 days to be precise – has offered to be interviewed in the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia in exchange for immunity.
As the news started going viral, Flynn’s attorney confirmed the report without actually using the word immunity. The tweet said that the retired lieutenant general “has a story to tell, and he very much needs to tell it.”
Flynn was forced to resign when the question of his communications with the Russian ambassador before Donald Trump’s inauguration were dug up by the media and verified by security agencies.
The White House later told the media that the former billionaire real estate czar turned the US President broke with Flynn because he believed the former general had misled Vice President Mike Pence about those conversations.
Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner said, “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit”. 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. The former top Trump aid had to resign after questions arose about his communications with the Russian ambassador before Donald Trump’s inauguration. Now the whole media is ago with speculations about the outcome of his story that he is all set to tell the intelligence agencies.
Wall Street Journal led the media to break the story. “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 WSJ report said yesterday.
Flynn attorney told the media as questions were being raised about the impact of this ‘immunity’ talk. “Out of respect for the Committees, we will not comment right now on the details of discussions between counsel for General Flynn and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, other than to confirm that those discussions have taken place. But it is important to acknowledge the circumstances in which those discussions are occurring” said he.
The stakes may be very high for President Donald Trump. 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.