Ex-House intelligence chief says immunity should be off the table


Appearing as part of a panel on CNN’s “State of the Union,” former Michigan representative and House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers said if the decision was his, he would not grant immunity to those involved in alleged Russian dealings.

Speaking about reports that President Trump’s former national security advisor, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, is seeking immunity in exchange for his testimony, Rogers said a confession would not come prosecution-free.

“Listen, if I were the committees, I wouldn’t grant immunity,” Rogers said. “If this is really an investigation, everybody needs to clam up, candidly, including the president. Stop talking about it.”

Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner spoke with The Wall Street Journal last week, telling the publication that Flynn “wants to tell” his side of the story. However, he clarified such a testimony will only take place with the guarantee that today’s political climate wouldn’t create an “unfair prosecution.”

“No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized ‘witch hunt’ environment without assurances against unfair prosecution,” said Kelner.

A snippet of Rogers’ appearance on the “The State of the Union” can be seen below:

H/T: The Hill

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