I Told You So: Mike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity, WSJ

Former national security adviser Mike Flynn in the East Room of the White House in February.
Former national security adviser Mike Flynn in the East Room of the White House in February. 

He has made the offer to the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees through his lawyer but has so far found no takers, the officials said.

Mr. Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, wouldn’t comment on details of his discussions involving Mr. Flynn, but noted he is a decorated Army veteran with a lifetime of public service.

“General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” Mr. Kelner said.

It wasn’t clear if Mr. Flynn had offered to talk about specific aspects of his time working for Mr. Trump, but the fact that he was seeking immunity suggested Mr. Flynn feels he may be in legal jeopardy following his brief stint as the national security adviser, one official said.

Representatives for the FBI and Senate Intelligence Committee declined to comment. Officials with the House Intelligence Committee didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mr. Flynn was forced to resign after acknowledging that he misled White House officials about the nature of his phone conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential transition.

Mr. Flynn’s communications with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, have been scrutinized by the FBI, which is examining whether Trump campaign personnel colluded with Russian officials who are alleged to have interfered with the presidential election, according to current and former U.S. officials. Russia has denied the allegations.

Mr. Flynn also was paid tens of thousands of dollars by three Russian companies, including the state-sponsored media network RT, for speeches he made shortly before he became a formal adviser to Mr. Trump’s campaign, according to documents obtained by a congressional oversight committee.

At a House Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Democratic lawmakers requested a copy of the security-clearance form that Mr. Flynn was required to file before joining Mr. Trump in the White House, to see if he disclosed sources of foreign income.

And they have asked the Defense Department to investigate whether Mr. Flynn, a retired Army general, violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause by accepting money from RT, which U.S. intelligence officials say is part of a state-funded media apparatus, without authorization, according to a letter several Democratic lawmakers sent Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in February.

Mr. Kelner, Mr. Flynn’s attorney, decried the “unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason” and other charges by lawmakers and media commentators.

“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,” he said.

Congress and the executive branch have the power to grant immunity from prosecution in exchange for witness testimony or cooperation in an investigation. People granted immunity still can be prosecuted for perjury if they give false information.

Traditionally, investigators grant immunity when they believe a witness’s information is important to the investigation and might not be able to be obtained otherwise. During the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the FBI granted limited forms of immunity to some of her aides. Mrs. Clinton wasn’t charged in the matter.


Mr. Flynn, 58 years old, also has drawn questions about whether he properly disclosed aspects of his work after he left military service.

Earlier this month, Mr. Flynn filed registration forms acknowledging he had previously worked as a foreign agent on behalf of Turkish government interests. The Wall Street Journal reported that while serving as an adviser to the Trump campaign, Mr. Flynn met with top Turkish government ministers and discussed removing a Muslim cleric from the U.S. and taking him to Turkey, according to former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey, who attended, and others who were briefed on the meeting. The Turkish government has accused the cleric of being behind an attempted coup last year.

A spokesman for Mr. Flynn disputed the account, saying “at no time did Gen. Flynn discuss any illegal actions, nonjudicial physical removal or any other such activities.”

 investigation by the FBI, according to the current and former U.S. officials.

The other three—former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former Trump advisers Roger Stone and Carter Page—all have volunteered to speak to the House and Senate committees and haven’t asked for immunity from prosecution, according to the individuals, committee officials and representatives for the individuals.

Write to Shane Harris at shane.harris@wsj.com, Carol E. Lee at carol.lee@wsj.com and Julian E. Barnes at julian.barnes@wsj.com

Appeared in the Mar. 31, 2017, print edition as 'Flynn Offers Deal For Testimony In Exchange For Immunity"


I've been saying for weeks now that as the rats jump ship they'll turn on each other seeking immunity, witness protection, and relocation.

I ended my assertion of this with what should be, by now, recognized as somewhat of a signature line for me:

"If you don't believe me just watch!" 

Ladies and gentlemen, Mike Flynn is but the first of what will be a line of individuals who will soon become ready willing and able to testify against their higher-ups...

As a result, you ain't seen nuthin' yet!

If you don't believe me just watch! 

By the way, here's what Flynn thinks about people who seek and secure immunity from prosecution:

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Comment by koshersalaami on March 31, 2017 at 4:35am

I take it you mean uninterested; "disinterested" means something completely different. 

Snowden had sainthood in certain circles until it became plausible that he was helping Russia as part of a larger effort we now know was taking place. No, he could not be elected President. Some will still support him but now some won't. 

Comment by Ron Powell on March 31, 2017 at 5:42am

@Kosh;  According to the Webster Dictionary, "disinterested " and "uninterested" are synonyms:


not influenced by personal feelings, opinions, or concerns: 

having no desire to know about a particular thing:

not interested

You are referring to the first definition given only.  My usage is in conjunction with the other definitions provided.

You  may find a good thesaurus to be helpful.


Comment by Boanerges on March 31, 2017 at 5:49am

The Fark politics section has been all over this -- as obviously, have you. I note with some interest though that he's to be "interviewed", as opposed to testifying. Or does it amount to the same thing: that is to say, under oath.

Comment by Ron Powell on March 31, 2017 at 5:51am

@Boanerges; It's the same thing. 

Comment by Ron Powell on March 31, 2017 at 6:05am

@Kosh; BTW, re interest in the immunity issue,  my assertion seems to  apply you as well. 

However,  now that the WSJ and other news outlets have gotten your attention, who do you think Flynn most resembles; John Dean or Oliver North?


Who do you think will be the  next one to seek immunity from prosecution in exchange for testimony against higher-ups? 




Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 31, 2017 at 6:42am

Saw this and just had to smile... I expect that over the next four years we'll hear a lot more testimony under "immunity."

Comment by Ron Powell on March 31, 2017 at 6:56am

@JMac; Thanks....


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