Michael Flynn in talks with Congress, wary of prosecution

Michael Flynn in talks with Congress, wary of prosecution

Michael Flynn in talks with Congress, wary of prosecution

Michael Flynn attends a news conference on February 10, 2017, at the White House in Washington, D.C. Four Democratic senators have charged in a series of letters that the appointment of Flynn as Donald Trump's national security adviser "might have jeopardized national security".

Washington D.C. The White House sent mixed messages Friday about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's conditional offer to cooperate with congressional investigators looking into contacts between President Donald Trump's campaign advisers and Russian Federation, reported Voice of America.

Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser in February for failing to disclose talks with Kislyak about United States sanctions on Moscow and misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations, which occurred before Trump took office.

US Representative Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House of Representatives intelligence committee, said it was too soon to consider immunity requests.

That wasn't necessarily true then, and it's not any more true now that Flynn himself is seeking congressional immunity.

Michael Flynn is said to be in discussions with Washington's House and Senate intelligence committees about speaking to their probe into links with Russian Federation.

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The White House also tried to quell a firestorm over its role in helping a top Republican lawmaker see secret intelligence reports.

Their reputations at risk, a coterie of President Donald Trump's associates caught up in the swirling debate about Trump and Russian Federation are turning to a similar if unusual playbook: volunteering to testify to Congress, before even being asked.

"Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!" tweeted President Trump.

Armed with the information, Nunes held a news conference and made a public show of going to the White House to hand-deliver information to Trump, an apparent effort to help the White House explain why the president had taken to Twitter in early March to accuse President Barack Obama of wiretapping his telephone.

He said Mr Trump wanted Mr Flynn to testify to "get this matter behind us" but declined to say specifically that he should be granted immunity.

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"While I can not discuss the content of the documents", Schiff said, "if the White House had any concern over these materials, they should have been shared with the full (House and Senate intelligence) committees in the first place as a part of our ordinary oversight responsibilities". Nor has former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who agreed to testify before House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes canceled the hearing.

The lawyer described the talks as ongoing and said he would not comment on the details. As of Wednesday, the Senate panel had asked to interview 20 people.

Mr Flynn met Svetlana Lokhova at The Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, a forum for intelligence professionals attended by leading experts including Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, and Prof Christopher Andrew, the official MI5 historian, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Officials told them that the committee was not interested in any immunity discussions at that time.

Questions remain about the scope of the discussions and what other contacts took place between other Trump advisers with the Russians.

The congressional committees and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are delving into allegations by USA intelligence agencies that the Russian government hacked Democratic political organizations and individuals and leaked emails in an attempt to favor Trump, a Republican, in last year's presidential election. Both committees are looking into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and any ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin. "I don't know - the witch hunt, I don't buy that either".

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