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President Donald Trump appeared to offer legal advice to Michael Flynn on Friday morning amid reports that Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, had agreed to be interviewed by the FBI in exchange for immunity.
“Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!” Trump tweeted.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Flynn offered through his lawyer to testify to the FBI, as well as to the House and Senate intelligence committees, to avoid what his lawyer called “unfair prosecution.” So far, The Journal reported, none of the officials had accepted those terms.
One of the newspaper’s sources said Flynn’s willingness to come forward with his testimony suggested he may be in legal jeopardy for his short tenure as a top security official in the Trump White House.
Flynn was removed as national security adviser in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about communication Flynn had with the Russian ambassador to the US before Trump’s inauguration.
One old comment of Flynn’s is gaining new prominence in light of The Journal’s report. Speaking about Hillary Clinton’s private email server in September, Flynn told MSNBC commentator Chuck Todd: “When you are given immunity, that means you have probably committed a crime.”
Now that Trump has weighed in on immunity, people are pointing to his past comments on the subject, including one from a September rally in Florida in which Trump said, “If you’re not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for, right?”
Trump associates Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, and Carter Page have all volunteered to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee for its investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Additionally, Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee about his Russia ties.
Since public hearings have started for the various investigations, Trump has repeatedly attempted to blame stories about his campaign’s potential ties to Russia on the Democrats and the media.
David Choi contributed to this report.