Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn wants immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying about Russian involvement in the 2016 election — and President Donald Trump is endorsing the idea.
“Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!” the president said this morning on his Twitter account.
Trump’s tweet echoes Flynn attorney Robert Kelner, who also used the “witch hunt” rationale to explain Flynn’s request.
“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,” Kelner said.
Flynn and Trump took a less-nuanced view of immunity during the “Lock her up!” days of 2016 after the FBI granted immunity to several witnesses during its probe of Hillary Clinton‘s emails.
“When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime,” Flynn said during a Sept. 25 interview with NBC News.
Trump, on Oct. 9, seemed to associate immunity deals with guilt in an Oct. 9 tweet.
“ATTN: @HillaryClinton – Why did five of your staffers need FBI IMMUNITY?! #BigLeagueTruth #Debates,” Trump tweeted.