Yesterday, Michael Flynn offered to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in exchange for immunity, today it appears they declined his offer.
The former (for a brief moment) National Security Advisor was expected to answer questions about his potential involvement in Russian interference during the 2016 election.
But according to NBC’s Kasie Hunt, the committee is “not receptive” to his immunity request “at this time.”
BREAKING SENATE INTEL: SSCI has let Flynn know they're "not receptive" to his immunity request "at this time," @KenDilanianNBC & I report
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) March 31, 2017
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) stated that the panel has made requests to twenty people for interviews in connection to the same investigation. He also said that five of them have already been scheduled, but did not say if Flynn was one of them.
Earlier in the week Burr implied that Flynn was a potential witness, telling reporters “You would think less of us” if the committee had not talked with him.
Flynn, who was formerly an intelligence official before agreeing to join the Trump administration, was removed in February after a White House briefing revealed that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of the contact he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Burr has already publicly identified Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior advisor to President Trump, as another person who will be interviewed “within the next ten days.”
It is common for potential witnesses such as Michael Flynn to request immunity in exchange for testimony.
Even President Trump, a pragmatic businessman (and President) agreed with Flynn’s 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2017
Flynn’s lawyer stated the following in a release:
“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.”
The panel’s continuing investigation into possible Russian interference in the election is ongoing and they could make an immunity offer to Flynn later after speaking to more interviewees.