Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has told the FBI and congressional officials investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.
As an adviser to President Trump’s presidential campaign, and later one of Trump’s top aides in the White House, 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. Details of Flynn’s chat with Russian diplomats about the sanctions were leaked, causing an opportunist media frenzy seeking to destroy the presidency of Donald Trump.
Flynn has made an offer to testify to the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees though his lawyer but has so far found no takers, the officials said. It is unclear why Flynn is seeking immunity, unless a future investigation into his conduct is on the table.
Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, declined to comment.
Read a statement made by Michael Flynn’s counsel below: