On Thursday night, The Wall Street Journal published a bombshell report in which it claimed that former national security adviser Michael Flynn offered testimony to Congress in exchange for “immunity.”
Almost instantly, the media pounced on the report, and cable news networks along with online publications were lit up with speculation as to why Flynn would need immunity if he had done nothing wrong. In fact, even I sat and pondered what the hell was going on that a decorated Army general would need immunity amidst accusations of treason and betrayal of our great nation.
But then the truth came out…
Later in the evening, Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kellner, released a statement in regards to the WSJ’s report, and there’s no explicit mention of immunity, per se, but instead a request for protection from “unfair prosecution” amidst a climate in which “vicious innuendo” is being hurled at Flynn.”
The full statement is below, via Zero Hedge:
Counsel to Lt. General Mike Flynn (Retired)
General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.
Out of respect for the Committees, we will not comment right now on the details of discussions between counsel for General Flynn and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, other than to confirm that those discussions have taken place. But it is important to acknowledge the circumstances in which those discussions are occurring.
General Flynn is a highly decorated 33-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He devoted most of his life to serving his country, spending many years away from his family fighting this nation’s battles around the world. He was awarded four Bronze Stars for actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the war on terror. He received the Legion of Merit twice, and the Defense Superior Service Medal four times. He is a recipient of the Defense Department’s Distinguished Service Award and the Intelligence Community Gold Seal Medallion for Distinguished Service, as well as numerous other decorations.
Notwithstanding his life of national service, the media are awash with unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo directed against him. He is now the target of unsubstantiated public demands by Members of Congress and other political critics that he be criminally investigated. 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.
While one could certainly say Flynn is asking for “immunity,” doing so would also suggest that he plans on turning on his former boss. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case, as his lawyer’s letter seems to suggest, but rather Flynn asking for the opportunity to set the record straight while under oath.
President Trump took to Twitter this morning to comment on the matter, and the fact he didn’t attack Flynn would also suggest that his former national security advisor has no intentions of saying anything destructive about him.
Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2017