Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, is seeking immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying on Trump’s ties to Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
Flynn made the offer to the FBI, as well as to the House and Senate intelligence committees—all are currently investigating whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian officials and intelligence agents during the 2016 presidential campaign. None have yet accepted Flynn’s offer, according to The Journal.
Robert Kelner, Flynn’s attorney, confirmed that “discussions have taken place” adding that “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.”
“Earlier this month, documents revealed Flynn had deeper financial ties to Russia than previously reported, including receiving substantial payments from Russian companies in the year before he joined Trump’s campaign as a surrogate,” reports Mollie O’Reilly.
But the fact that Flynn and his lawyer have made this offer publicly suggests that he really has nothing of value to give the prosecutors, argues Alex Whiting.
“If he had something good, Flynn and his lawyer would approach the prosecutors quietly… Why? Because prosecutors have an interest in keeping their investigation secret, and Flynn’s lawyer knows that,” Whiting points out.
Going public could potentially compromise the criminal inquiry and would certainly annoy the prosecutors, says Whiting, “the very people Flynn’s lawyer would be trying to win over.”