Lawyer: Flynn 'Certainly Has a Story to Tell'

His offer to testify in return for immunity could be a non-starter, experts say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2017 4:04 AM CDT
Flynn Immunity Offer Could Be a Non-Starter
In this Feb. 13, 2017, file photo, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn arrives in the East Room of the White House for a news conference with President Donald Trump.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has reportedly offered to talk to the FBI and congressional investigators about possible Trump campaign links to Russia in return for immunity—but they might not take him up on it. Experts tell the Washington Post and the New York Times that the idea is probably a "non-starter" so early in the investigation, since Flynn, who stepped down after 24 days in the Trump administration, is a central figure in the probes and investigators will want to hear from other witnesses before ruling out prosecution. Flynn's lawyer appeared to confirm the offer Thursday night, saying, "General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit."

The media "are awash with unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo," Flynn's lawyer said in a statement. "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." Former federal prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg tells the Post that it appears Senate investigators don't "want to screw up a possible prosecution," though he adds that they may decide a "compelling and urgent need" to find out what he knows could come first. CNBC notes that when discussing Hillary Clinton last fall, Flynn said being given immunity "means you have probably committed a crime." (Read more Michael Flynn stories.)

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