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Archived: Ex-Trump Adviser Offers to Testify in Russia Probe in Exchange for Immunity

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynnhas offered to testify before Congress regarding the United States’ investigation into Russia’s involvement with President Donald Trump’s campaign in exchange for immunity from prosecution.


“General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” Robert Kelner, Flynn’s attorney, tweeted in a statement. He called the media “awash with unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo directed against [Flynn].”

“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 added.

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the potential deal, which the House disputed.

“Michael Flynn has not offered to testify to HPSCI in exchange for immunity,” committee spokesman Jack Langer said.

But a congressional aide reported to the Associated Press that there were discussions of immunity with the Senate committee. The aide spoke under the condition of anonymity.

The possibility of immunity has raised eyebrows due to previous comments Flynn made. In September he said on “Meet the Press,” “When you are given immunity that means you’ve probably committed a crime.”

Flynn at the time was referring to aides of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Flynn, a retired U.S. Army veteran, resigned from the White House after misleading officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about the extent of his ties to Russia. Flynn reportedly spoke on the phone numerous times with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Russia has denied any allegations that they interfered with the U.S. election, but the U.S. is investigating.

“Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a deliberate campaign carefully constructed to undermine our election,” said Sen. Mark Warner, top Democrat for the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Thursday.

Meanwhile, other former Trump advisers have said they will voluntarily testify.

Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser, reportedly said he is “eagerly welcome the chance to speak with the Committee.”

Roger Stone, another former adviser, said he has nothing to hide and will speak freely.

And Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, will also speak, a spokesperson said.

“Mr. Manafort instructed his representatives to reach out to committee staff and offer to provide information voluntarily regarding recent allegations about Russian interference in the election,” said spokesman Jason Maloni. “As Mr. Manafort has always maintained, he looks forward to meeting with those conducting serious investigations of these issues to discuss the facts.”

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