Opinion: Uh, oh: Ex-aide to Trump seeks immunity to testify

(AP)

Attorneys for Gen. Michael Flynn have announced that while Flynn is prepared to testify to the House and Senate intelligence committees, and while he “certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it,” Flynn will do so only if he is given “assurances against unfair prosecution.”

In other words, he wants immunity. According to the Wall Street Journal, Flynn’s attorneys have also made the same offer to the FBI:

Here’s the statement:

 

That’s a huge development. The man who stood before the Republican National Convention leading the crowd in a “Lock her up!” chant, the man appointed by President Trump as his national security adviser and who served as a conduit to Russian officials, claims to have inside knowledge that is worth exchanging for a promise not to be prosecuted.

The offer of immunity in exchange for testimony has not yet been accepted, and probably won’t be for a while. Immunity questions are typically decided late in an investigation rather than early. I’d also like to add this important cautionary note: The statement from Flynn’s lawyer may tell us more about Flynn’s personal criminal exposure for work for Turkey, Russia and other foreign interests through his own company, the Flynn Intel Group, than for his work with the Trump administration.

That said, given Flynn’s close proximity to Trump during crucial periods of the campaign, it could also presage something enormous and history-altering. He can only win immunity if he has something that investigators want to hear about other people.

UPDATE at 7:05 a.m.:

 

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Charisse Rogers
Charisse Rogers

My mother always said payback is a mother for you! You may not always get it the way you gave it, but when you get it you will know what you are getting it for. #Karma

Bob Casteel
Bob Casteel

Good advice from lawyer as democrats twist the truth, and interpret in a partisan manner. Best insulate yourself from any on coming foolishness.

Mike F Benson Sr.
Mike F Benson Sr.

Not guilty of anything as with all the others that said the same and ask for immunity I'm with Trey Gordy, what do you need an immunity for ?

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

3 Black Russians arrested for starting fire under I-85 bridge

Kip Shondel
Kip Shondel

You guys sure are making a AJC the national enquirer.

ByteMe
ByteMe

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Thanks, Trump!

Re Al A T
Re Al A T

String this treasonous phony crook from the nearest tree. He is a disgrace to the uniform and deserves an unmarked potters plot in an empty field somewhere in Siberia!

TomGaff
TomGaff

Just heard Press Secretary, Shawn Spicer, say our POTUS has just allocated $10 Million for the repair of the I-85 bridge that collapsed yesterday. Pretty D-mn fast , if you ask me. That should be good news for you libs that hold a job in downtown Atlanta. The rest of you libs that sit in your mom,s basement all day with your PC on JAYB's blog, I'm sure it doesn't matter!

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

John Lewis rushing back to Atlanta from his office under the Edmond Pettus Bridge so that he can get in the picture handing the check to Reed

Ychromosome
Ychromosome

You think Trump is writing the check on his personal account? Lmfao

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

No, the Clintons are offering a low interest loan

WWYT?
WWYT?

@TomGaff Since us libs don't have jobs as you say, may we personally thank you for the use of your tax money to fix the bridge.

Ychromosome
Ychromosome

@TomGaff @Ychromosome He needs to make sure he has $25 million to settle the Trump University lawsuit accusing him of running a sham university and cheating the public. 

TomGaff
TomGaff

@Ychromosome @TomGaff So if 1,000 people said it was fine and then 50 said they wanted their money back, what then? Maybe that 50 was as dumb as bricks? People sue because there is no threat to make them pay if they lose, unfortunately that is the American way!

TomGaff
TomGaff

@WWYT? @TomGaff Hey knucklehead, did I say ALL libs or just some? There you go with FAKE comments once again!

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

"The statement from Flynn’s lawyer may tell us more about Flynn’s personal criminal exposure for work for Turkey, Russia and other foreign interests through his own company, the Flynn Intel Group, than for his work with the Trump administration."  Well, DUH - On to the next rant, please.

Ychromosome
Ychromosome

Watching Spicer on TV now. He needs to go on "So You Think You Can Dance."

EliasDenny
EliasDenny

In the 90's I commuted to the airport daily from White county for my job and now I avoid Atlanta as much as possible. Until the state gets serious about transportation the metropolitan area will continue to stagnate. 

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

The StreetCar will solve all those problems, it just needs time and money

gotalife
gotalife

@rimsky He was as good as it gets. End term limits for two more terms. We are out of leaders.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@rimsky  Ivana, Marla and Melania sure as heck couldn't imagine him doing that

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

@rimsky Sure - and Trump has real grand kids, not staged kids for photo ops....

TomGaff
TomGaff

@rimsky That's cute, two babies on the floor playing. One of Barack's better moments. Hope he doesn't take one of the babies toys and chose to give it to someone less unfortunate?

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

That kid is a little young to be President don't you think?

EliasDenny
EliasDenny

The AJC site last night showed a picture of the fire beginning with several construction workers present. DOT is responsible for allowing dangerous materials to be stored under the expressway. Now it's time for the legislature to pony up the money to expand Marta in a realistic manner.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

You really mean the StreetCar right?

EliasDenny
EliasDenny

Let's keep sending those republicans back to congress and soon we'll be back to 1950. 

Antuan Webb
Antuan Webb

Why does he need immunity if Trump nor his administration didn't break any laws? Someone is about to cave. Here comes Trump supporters bringing up Obama, Hillary, emails, Snoop, Rosie O Donnell or Celebrity Apprentice ratings to deflect from this approaching storm. Trump sold this country for money and power. Pathetic!

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@PaulinNH Trump will do anything right now to avoid getting on a witness stand because he knows he's a pathological liar and he will be impeached for lying under oath.

gotalife
gotalife

@PaulinNH There is one lawyer hold out that does not want the money. She wants a formal apology on tv.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

He has called up Hillary and asked her how to say " I don't remember " and sound convincing

gotalife
gotalife

Did they figure out who screwed up on that fire yet?

TomGaff
TomGaff

@Infraredguy Don't say "Russians" or they will want you investigated! Saw a short, shirtless guy on a horse riding off from the fire.