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Chaffetz: 'Very Mysterious' Why Flynn Wants Immunity

Chaffetz: 'Very Mysterious' Why Flynn Wants Immunity

The aide was not authorized to discuss private conversations and spoke on condition of anonymity. It can be especially palatable to the Justice Department if the person seeking immunity was never really at risk of prosecution in the first place, or if it represents the best chance to secure the cooperation of an otherwise wary witness whose insight is seen as critical.

"We will be discussing the matter with our counterparts on the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Department of Justice", said Schiff.

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

FBI Director James Comey has said there is no evidence of wiretapping at Trump Tower in NY but that the agency is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Flynn attorney Robert Kelner said that Flynn's first filing was a draft that normally would have been revised through a consultation between the White House counsel's office and the Office of Government Ethics.

His own lawyer, Kelner, said Thursday, "General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit".

Trump later tweeted in support of Flynn's immunity request: "Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!"

-Calif., the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, acknowledged in a statement that the Justice Department's interest in Flynn's testimony could take precedence over Congress' wish to hear from him.

Russian Federation has denied allegations that it hacked emails of Democratic groups and released information to tip the presidential election toward Trump.

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Since July, the FBI has been conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russia's interference in the election and possible coordination with Trump associates.

The House intelligence committee "had a preliminary conversation with Michael Flynn's lawyer about arranging for Flynn to speak to the committee", Nunes spokesman Jack Langer said.

It was unclear from Trump's tweet whether he was advising the Justice Department or the congressional panels to give his former adviser immunity.

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

Spicer called Farkas' comments "devastating" and said they "raised serious concerns on whether or not there was an organized and widespread effort by the Obama administration to use and leak highly sensitive intelligence information for political purposes". As of Wednesday, the Senate panel had asked to interview 20 people.

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.

"When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime", Flynn said during the interview.

Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, who was sacked from the White House last month, has registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department for work that may have aided the Turkish government in exchange for $530,000.

A close adviser of Trump's 2016 campaign, Flynn was forced to step down just weeks into the security job last month. Flynn's client, Ekim Alptekin, told The Associated Press that the decision to file as a foreign agent had come under pressure from Justice Department officials.

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