Things just got a whole heck of a lot more interesting. Michael Flynn apparently has told FBI investigators and congressional officials that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for an immunity deal.
From the Wall Street Journal:
As an adviser to Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, and later one of Mr. Trump’s top aides in the White House, Mr. Flynn was privy to some of the most sensitive foreign-policy deliberations of the new administration and was directly involved in discussions about the possible lifting of sanctions on Russia imposed by the Obama administration.
He has made the offer to the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees though his lawyer but has so far found no takers, the officials said.
Mr. Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, declined to comment.
It wasn’t clear if Mr. Flynn had offered to talk about specific aspects of his time working for Mr. Trump, but the fact that he was seeking immunity suggested Mr. Flynn feels he may be in legal jeopardy following his brief stint as the national security adviser, one official said.
Of course, the question is: Immunity from what?
The WSJ continues:
Mr. Flynn’s communications with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, have been scrutinized by the FBI, which is examining whether Trump campaign personnel colluded with Russian officials who are alleged to have interfered with the presidential election, according to current and former U.S. officials. Russia has denied the allegations.
Mr. Flynn also was paid tens of thousands of dollars by three Russian companies, including the state-sponsored media network RT, for speeches he made shortly before he became a formal adviser to Mr. Trump’s campaign, according to documents obtained by a congressional oversight committee.
None of that behavior may be illegal. It’s possible Flynn doesn’t have a bombshell waiting to drop. It’s possible he’s seeking immunity based on conversations he already had with investigators. What may appear to be trivialities at the time, could lead to prosecutions later for crimes wholly unrelated to the investigation. Scooter Libby had nothing to do with leaking Valerie Plame’s name but he was still indicted.
Still, the White House cannot be happy about this development.