Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is currently in discussions with the House and Senate intelligence committees to receive immunity involving an ongoing investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 presidential election, but his past remarks about immunity during the Clinton email probe are coming back to haunt him.
The Washington Examiner reports that during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd in September 2016, Flynn, a then-adviser to Trump, commented on the questionable innocence of former Clinton aides who agreed to testify in exchange for immunity when Clinton was being investigated for using a private email server.
The highly decorated general said, “Five people around her have been given immunity, to include her former chief of staff. When you are given immunity, that means you have probably committed a crime.”
Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, issued a statement Thursday about his client’s offer to cooperate with congressional investigators in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
“He is now the target of unsubstantiated public demands by Members of Congress and other political critics that he be criminally investigated. 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.”
Trump also came to Flynn’s defense Friday morning, encouraging him via Twitter to ask for immunity because “this is a witch hunt.”
Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2017
The president is also catching heat for telling a Wisconsin rally on his campaign trail, “The reason they get immunity is because they did something wrong. If they didn’t do anything wrong, they don’t think in terms of immunity.” “If you are not guilty of a crime,” he said, “what do you need immunity for? Right.”
In February, Flynn abruptly resigned as national security adviser after controversial reports surfaced that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other government officials about his communications with Russia.
Wasn’t Mike Flynn the one who last year said if you ask for immunity then you committed a crime? Now he wants it?
— ✦✦I ᴀᴍ Kɪʟʟsᴡɪᴛᴄʜ✦✦ (@IamKillswitch) March 30, 2017
H/T: Washington Examiner
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