Flynn Asks for Immunity in Exchange for Testimony on Russia
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is seeking immunity from the Justice Department and Congress in exchange for his testimony on links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Flynn, who was fired by President Trump for lying to Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., is reportedly looking for a deal that will protect him from “unfair prosecution.”
Flynn’s attorney, Robert Keiner, said Thursday that his client “certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” but that he could not freely do so in such a “highly politicized, witch hunt environment.”
Apparently without any concerns about what Flynn might say, President Trump tweeted Friday that he fully supported his former adviser’s decision. “Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!”
No doubt, but the fact remains – and this is a fact that both Trump and Flynn happened to mention last year – that people do not typically seek immunity unless they are guilty of a crime. Which inevitably leads us to a few questions.
Question One: What is Flynn seeking immunity for?
Well, there are a few possibilities. The likeliest being that he is being threatened with some form of Logan Act prosecution stemming from his conversations with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Also possible: That he was caught trying to work out some kind of deal with the Turkish government to extradite an Islamic cleric living in the U.S. whom the Erdogan regime sees as the root of the country’s unrest. This, of course, while he was being paid to lobby for Turkish interests. Neither of these possibilities, of course, mean that Flynn has any “dirt” on Trump or his associates.
Question Two: Does Flynn have the “dirt” investigators are looking for?
Obviously, if the intelligence community is offering immunity – and we don’t necessarily know that they are – they believe that he does. But it’s possible that Flynn is simply taking advantage of their zeal to bring Trump down. They are ready to charge him with something far-fetched so he’ll flip on Trump, so he’s like, “Sure, give me immunity and I’ll tell you what you want.” And then, much like Oliver North so many years ago, he’ll send them into an apoplectic rage when he gets his immunity and then says, “Yeah, sorry. What you think happened didn’t really happen. Thanks, though!”
Question Three: Are we deluding ourselves?
That is, unfortunately, the other possibility. Flynn DOES have the dirt. He knows where the bodies are buried. He’s about to spill his guts, and we are only days away from the most astounding social/political/legal shock of our collective lives.
Things have gotten so muddied in Washington that it’s literally impossible to know what to think anymore. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that all of this will soon be over. You can feel it. There’s a conclusion coming. The truth is going to come out.
All we can do is wait…and try not to jump to conclusions in the meantime.