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Michael Flynn Offers to Testify With Immunity on Russia

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By    |   Friday, 31 Mar 2017 06:53 AM

Former National Security adviser Michael Flynn has volunteered to be interviewed by the FBI and Congress on possible Trump campaign ties to Russia in exchange for immunity, his lawyer says — but no takers have come forth.

"General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit," attorney Robert Kelner said Thursday.

Kelner said no "reasonable person" with legal counsel would answer questions without assurances that he would not be prosecuted, given calls from some members of Congress that the retired lieutenant general should face criminal charges.

Flynn's offer was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Flynn, 58, who stepped down last month over questions about his being forthcoming about his Moscow dealings, made the offer to the investigative agency and the intelligence committees of the House and Senate through his lawyer, according to the report.

Kelner, Flynn's attorney, declined to comment to the Journal, but later released a statement.

CNN reported Thursday night that the White House would have no comment on the story.

A congressional aide confirmed that discussions with the Senate intelligence committee involved immunity, The Associated Press reported. The aide spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

House intelligence committee spokesman Jack Langer said Flynn has not offered to testify to the panel in exchange for immunity, according to AP.

It was not clear whether Flynn had offered to address specific aspects of working for the Trump campaign or as national security adviser — and one source said that by his requesting immunity suggested that the retired Army lieutenant general might "be in legal jeopardy."

Flynn, who joined the Trump campaign in February 2016, resigned after acknowledging that he had misled White House officials — including Vice President Mike Pence — about his telephone conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the transition.

Flynn's communications with Kislyak are being investigated by the FBI in its probe of Moscow's influence in the presidential election.

In addition, Flynn was paid more than $50,000 by Russian companies — including $33,750 for speeches to the RT Kremlin-backed media network — before he formally joined the Trump campaign.

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Former National Security adviser Michael Flynn has volunteered to be interviewed by the FBI and Congress on possible Trump campaign ties to Russia in exchange for immunity, his lawyer says - but no takers have come forth.
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