Nixon Never Went to Jail, but Erlichman, Haldeman, Hunt and Friends Did
Michael Flynn’s lawyer says ‘He definitely has a story to tell.’
“A lawyer for Flynn released a statement confirming there were ongoing discussions between his client and the intelligence committees.”
“General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” read the statement from Flynn’s lawyer Robert Kelner.
“The agencies have not yet taken him up on his offer, the Journal said.”
No wonder Trump is buttering Michael Flynn up.
“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 wrote on Twitter, repeating a favorite argument of his – that talk of Russian interference in the election is a face-saving exercise from Democrats and the media caught flat-footed by his surprise victory.
Of course, this is what Trump is saying publicly. Here’s what one of his state organs-the National Enquirer-is saying:
Flynn knows Trump is close friends with Enquirer owner, who effectively hammered past Trump opponents. Nervous. https://t.co/B0GEOqyR2j
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 31, 2017
As the title of this piece points out, Erlichman, Haldeman, Howard Hunt, and friends went to jail-G. Gordon Liddy seemed to take masochistic pleasure in going to jail for Nixon unlike the others-but Nixon didn’t.
So Flynn might be smart to be talking about making a deal now. As that Enquirer piece underscores, everybody is expendable to save Trump’s own ass.
UPDATE: Flynn’s offer has been rejected for now:
“The Senate Intelligence Committee has rejected Michael Flynn’s request for immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony in the panel’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, congressional sources told NBC News.”
“The former national security advisor’s lawyer was told the move was “wildly preliminary” and “not on the table” at this point, a senior congressional official told NBC. It does not necessarily rule out immunity at a later date, as the Senate investigation is ongoing.”
The for now qualifier is important. They need to figure out what he knows first of all and if they can’t get the info some other way.
UPDATE 2.0: I just heard on CNBC that for Flynn to get immunity would take a two thirds vote in the Senate. A Democrat this morning argued that Flynn should not get immunity unless there’s a Special Prosecutor.
So to get Flynn immunity would require a vote that Senators would have to explain to constituents and could be a bargaining chip for the Dems.
The thing with Flynn is there is a lot they already have on him: we know about his five calls to the Russian envoy the day Obama applied them. We know he also received the hand delivered letter from Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, for some sort of quid pro quo where they could remove sanctions while ‘leasing’ Crimea to Russia for 50 to 100 years.
He was also a foreign agent of Turkey when he was made NSC adviser. Apparently that was ok with Mike Pence and friends.
He also took payments from RT tv back in December, 2015 and has taken other recent payments from Russia.
It’s not hard to see why he wants immunity.
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