Questions, answers about the legal immunity process


The White House acknowledged in March that Trump's transition team was aware before Flynn was tapped to serve as national security adviser that he had engaged in work that would likely require him to register his consulting firm as a foreign agent.

Last week's new narrative, which will gallop into the spring, is since former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, asked for immunity from prosecution in return for testifying to the House and Senate intelligence committees, he must be guilty of a crime - that might bring down Mr. Trump.

"Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media and Democrats, of historic proportion!"

Congress is investigating the allegations, with one senator warning of Kremlin "propaganda on steroids".

Flynn was paid $45,000 plus expenses to speak at the 10th anniversary gala of the RT television network in Moscow in December 2015, while he was already an adviser to Trump.

There is a frequent tendency to view the Russian Federation file through the prism of the Watergate break-ins that derailed Richard Nixon's presidency, but the more appropriate analogue may be Iran-Contra - a case that also involved a decorated military official working in the National Security Council, Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North.

While Trump continued to scoff at concerns over the investigations into Russian hacking, one of his cabinet members said it's a real concern for the us and allies.

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Flynn's attorney said talks have taken place about immunity in order for him to testify.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said committee leaders would discuss the issue with their Senate counterparts and the Justice Department.

"When asked this week to itemize the speaking events, he did so", Flynn's attorney said today, noting that Flynn's "first draft did show his speaker fee arrangement with the speakers bureau".

Flynn and Kislyak exchanged holiday greetings over texts on Christmas Day, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said later.

"Whether the President was aware or not is one thing, the Trump administration certainly was, and it is very weird", House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told NBC's "Today" show.

It's not easy to see how allowing Mr. Flynn to say what he knows under immunity is in the interest of the Republicans who, like during the Iran-Contra period, appear to be in protect-the-party mode.

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Flynn himself allowed as much previous year about the immunity deals in the Clinton email investigation, saying in a television interview, "When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime".

Even if Flynn is granted congressional immunity, he could still face prosecution by the Justice Department.

They are eager to come forward despite not having been compelled by subpoena to appear before the two committees investigating Russian meddling in the US election and potential Trump campaign collusion.

Flynn has offered to testify about his Russian contacts in hearings before the House and Senate intelligence committees - but only if he were granted immunity, which hasn't been granted.

The speeches were not included in a form that Flynn signed electronically on February 11, which the White House also released on Saturday. The retired general, who was forced to resign after only 24 days, is under scrutiny for his contacts with Russian officials in a wider investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Russian Federation is not the only foreign agent that Flynn is known to have ties to; it was revealed after his resignation that Flynn had done lobbying work prior to his appointment as national security adviser that "could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey", according to documents filed with the Department of Justice. That move followed an Associated Press report that Manafort in 2005 had written Deripaska, an aluminum magnate close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, proposing he do work for Deripaska that would "benefit the Putin Government".

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