Michael Flynn — the former national security adviser now looking for legal protection in exchange for testimony — wasn’t the only one who used to think asking for immunity is an admission of guilt.
President Trump, while still a candidate, said top Hillary Clinton aides could’ve only asked investigators for immunity in an FBI probe because they did something illegal.
“And if you’re not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for, right?” Trump asked the crowd at a Sept. 27 rally in Melbourne, Fla. “Have you ever seen anything so corrupt in your life? Have you ever seen a greater embarrassment to our country?”
At the time, it came to light that Clinton’s former chief of staff and two other staffers were granted immunity to testify in a since shuttered investigation into her use of a private email server.
Trump’s comments last September came two days after Flynn — then a campaign adviser — told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “the only time you give somebody immunity is if they’ve committed a crime.”
But now Flynn is seeking immunity in exchange for testimony either to the FBI or Congress as they investigate whether members of the Trump campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016 elections.
Flynn is seeking an immunity deal in exchange for testimony.
On Friday, the Senate Intelligence Committee reportedly rejected Flynn’s plea to speak before the group.
Earlier in the day, Trump changed his tune on immunity, endorsing the former Army general’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!” the leader of the free world tweeted on Friday.
Flynn was fired in February after it was revealed he misled Vice President Pence about conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.