Flynn under fire

Former advisor Michael Flynn requests immunity for testimony on Trump-Russia ties

Daniel White, Asst. Sports Editor

Tensions rise on Capitol Hill as the Trump presidency has lately been under fire on possible ties with Russia during passed 2016 presidential election. Although Trump himself and top advisors have stated that there are no such ties, there are questions still being raised after former National Security advisor Michael Flynn, who was personally appointed by Trump, stated he was willing to give information.

On March 30, during a press conference, Flynn stated that he would be willing to give information and even give a testimony on unknown ties that Trump had with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election but only with the promise of immunity. Flynn is currently under investigation on his own ties with Russia and was forced to resign as National security advisor after falsely informing vice president Mike Pence of his communication with the Russian ambassador.

“Gen. Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit… 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,” Robert Kelner, Flynn’s lawyer, stated in a press conference.

The White House Committee has not yet received a formal request for immunity by Flynn or his attorney, but President Trump did comment on the statement.

“Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!” Trump tweeted on Friday, March 31.

On top of Flynn willing to testify, three former Trump aides, via their lawyers, stated that they would be willing to testify against Trump about Russian ties. Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, adviser Roger Stone and foreign policy adviser Carter Paige released that they all had information they are willing to give up about Russia’s relations with the current president. Some have questioned if these possible informants have real information or if they are bluffing.

CNN reported “House investigators have been discussing bringing Flynn in for weeks now, but they have also expressed concerns that Flynn would plead the Fifth Amendment if forced to testify.”

This report shows that Flynn could possibly be bluffing and is trying to take cover from his own federal investigation, but this contradicts what Flynn has said in the past about immunity with controversial issues.

“When you are given immunity, that means you probably committed a crime,” Flynn stated last year on MSNBC.

Many people are eager to see what unfolds in the near future as the investigation proceeds with Flynn and Trump ties.