In the latest episode of Russiagate, General Mike Flynn supposedly has offered to testify in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has told the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional officials investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.
The last sentence has the reek of #FakeNews on it, but this isn’t the first source that indicates that Flynn is thinking of doing this. So it deserves consideration.
The two questions I have are these:
- Has Flynn actually committed any sort of crime? The article mentions a violation of the Emoluments Clause, but I’m not aware of that being any sort of felony. Was he bribed?
- What would he have to offer in exchange for immunity? Former DNI James Clapper has already publicly stated that the Obama Administration found no evidence of collusion between the campaign and Putin’s government, though it sure looks like Flynn was writing checks his ass couldn’t cash from the
wiretapsincidental intelligence collection we already know about.
Given that nobody is in any position to grant immunity to Flynn just yet, I’m going to have to withhold judgement on this story. We’ll see what changes if he’s charged.