Trump Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who resigned due to lying to Michael Pence about speaking to the Russian Ambassador about the economic sanctions before Donald Trump took office, decides to speak to the federal and congressional intelligence committee about Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election.
This represents a potentially devastating blow to the White House. Since Trump’s election win on November 8th the connections between his aides and Russian contacts have caused concern. The first blow to the Trump administration was the resignation of Michael Flynn and his deep ties to Russia. But much as the Trump administration began, it may also end with Michael Flynn.
“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, said in a statement late Thursday.
Flynn’s lawyer, who has deep ties within the Republican Party, connotes that it isn’t so much the testimony, which would be the focal point, but the “witch-hunt environment” volatility that may cause “unfair prosecution”. Kelner claims that the immunity is simply an assurance toward the public and democratic blow back.
Donald Trump tweeted Friday morning : “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.
Although unclear as to the specific nature of the Flynn testimony and how it relates to Trump-Russia tie one thing is certain: This erodes the legitimacy of the Trump Administration.
Contrary to what Kelner and Trump may think, although the Trump-Russia connections are highly politicized, it is nowhere near what some would consider a “witch-hunt”. Jeff Sessions not only lied under oath but recused himself from the FBI investigation. Although this was grounds for perjury, he has yet to be charged, which means that reason has some sort of precedent.