(NationalSentinel) Team Trump: Former Trump National Security Advisor Mike Flynn has offered to provide testimony to the FBI and members of Congress investigating any illicit ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, in exchange for immunity, adding a new twist to a story that has many of them.
As an adviser to Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, and later one of Mr. Trump’s top aides in the White House, Mr. Flynn was privy to some of the most sensitive foreign-policy deliberations of the new administration and was directly involved in discussions about the possible lifting of sanctions on Russia imposed by the Obama administration.
He has made the offer to the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees through his lawyer but has so far found no takers, the officials said.
Mr. Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, wouldn’t comment on details of his discussions involving Mr. Flynn, but noted he is a decorated Army veteran with a lifetime of public service. “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” Mr. Kelner said.
It wasn’t clear if Mr. Flynn had offered to talk about specific aspects of his time working for Mr. Trump, but the fact that he was seeking immunity suggested Mr. Flynn feels he may be in legal jeopardy following his brief stint as the national security adviser, one official said.
The WSJ later noted Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak during the transition after the Nov. 8 election landed him in hot water with the incoming administration because he failed to fully disclose the contents of those conversations with Vice President Mike Flynn – or at least, that’s the story we all got.
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Flynn is also being scrutinized for being paid thousands of dollars by three Russian companies including the state-sponsored media network RT, for speeches he made shortly before he became a formal adviser, the WSJ noted. And then there are those Turkish ties:
Earlier this month, Mr. Flynn filed registration forms acknowledging he had previously worked as a foreign agent on behalf of Turkish government interests. The Wall Street Journal reported that while serving as an adviser to the Trump campaign, Mr. Flynn met with top Turkish government ministers and discussed removing a Muslim cleric from the U.S. and taking him to Turkey, according to former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey, who attended, and others who were briefed on the meeting. The Turkish government has accused the cleric of being behind an attempted coup last year.
A spokesman for Mr. Flynn disputed the account, saying “at no time did Gen. Flynn discuss any illegal actions, nonjudicial physical removal or any other such activities.”
So many damning allegations – and now this request for immunity. He must be guilty of something, right?
Not so fast. First, this from his attorney:
Mr. Kelner, Mr. Flynn’s attorney, decried the “unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason” and other charges by lawmakers and media commentators.
“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,” he said.
Remember, Flynn is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency; you don’t get to these positions without being clean as a whistle and politically astute. In fact, he served as DIA director under Obama. So it’s a safe bet that Flynn “knows the game” in D.C. and isn’t about to put himself out there without some sort of legal assurances someone’s not going to turn him into a political sacrificial lamb.
And there is this as well. The other three people the FBI is looking into over alleged “Trump-Russia” ties are former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafortand former Trump advisers Roger Stone and Carter Page; they have all volunteered to speak to the House and Senate Intelligence committees and have not asked for immunity.
There’s more to Flynn’s offer than meets the eye. Let’s see how it plays out.