Flynn Discussing Immunity With Intel Committees

first_img Share Carolyn Kaster/AP Michael Flynn’s attorney says the former national security adviser is in discussions with the House and Senate intelligence committees on receiving immunity from “unfair prosecution” in exchange for questioning. Flynn attorney Robert Kelner says no “reasonable person” with legal counsel would answer questions without assurances. Flynn was fired from his job as President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser after it was disclosed that he misled the vice president about a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the transition. Flynn’s ties to Russia have been scrutinized by the FBI and are under investigation by the House and Senate intelligence committees. The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says he intends to review the documents the White House is providing about incidental surveillance of members of Donald Trump’s campaign team, but he is questioning the timing of the offer. Rep. Adam Schiff of California says he does not know if the documents offered up by the White House are the same ones the chairman of his committee, Devin Nunes, reviewed in a secret visit to the White House grounds last week. Schiff says if the documents are indeed the same, they raise “profound” questions about why the White House did not provide them to the president in the first place and whether the Trump administration is trying to “launder” information through the House committee. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says that that within the past 24 hours, a second hacking attempt was made against former members of his GOP presidential campaign team. Rubio spoke Thursday at a Senate intelligence committee hearing on Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. Rubio says his campaign team was targeted during the election and again within the past 24 hours from an unknown internet address in Russia. An expert says Russian-directed disinformation campaigns targeted all the Republican presidential candidates. During a hearing on Russian meddling in the election, Clint Watts of the Foreign Policy Research Institute told Sen. Marco Rubio that his presidential campaign was targeted. After the hearing before the Senate intelligence committee, Watts told reporters that all the GOP candidates were targeted. And he says the Russians continue to interfere in U.S. politics, specifically targeting House Speaker Paul Ryan of late. Watts told reporters that trolling networks his research institute monitors were disseminating propaganda about dissension in the ranks of the Republican Party regarding the vote for Ryan as speaker of the House. Sen. Ron Wyden is imploring the Senate intelligence committee to “follow the money” on Russia. The Oregon Democrat says fishy real estate deals and money laundering might mean that the “Russian government may be only a step or two away” from American institutions. He asked Russia experts testifying at a congressional hearing about Russian corruption. Clint Watts is with the Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on National Security. Watts suggested that the committee also “follow the dead bodies.” Watts says several Russians tied to the investigation into Kremlin disinformation activities have been killed in the past three months — not only in Russia, but in western countries as well.last_img

first_img Share Carolyn Kaster/AP Michael Flynn’s attorney says the former national security adviser is in discussions with the House and Senate intelligence committees on receiving immunity from “unfair prosecution” in exchange for questioning. Flynn attorney Robert Kelner says no “reasonable person” with legal counsel would answer questions without assurances. Flynn was fired from his job as President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser after it was disclosed that he misled the vice president about a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the transition. Flynn’s ties to Russia have been scrutinized by the FBI and are under investigation by the House and Senate intelligence committees. The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says he intends to review the documents the White House is providing about incidental surveillance of members of Donald Trump’s campaign team, but he is questioning the timing of the offer. Rep. Adam Schiff of California says he does not know if the documents offered up by the White House are the same ones the chairman of his committee, Devin Nunes, reviewed in a secret visit to the White House grounds last week. Schiff says if the documents are indeed the same, they raise “profound” questions about why the White House did not provide them to the president in the first place and whether the Trump administration is trying to “launder” information through the House committee. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says that that within the past 24 hours, a second hacking attempt was made against former members of his GOP presidential campaign team. Rubio spoke Thursday at a Senate intelligence committee hearing on Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. Rubio says his campaign team was targeted during the election and again within the past 24 hours from an unknown internet address in Russia. An expert says Russian-directed disinformation campaigns targeted all the Republican presidential candidates. During a hearing on Russian meddling in the election, Clint Watts of the Foreign Policy Research Institute told Sen. Marco Rubio that his presidential campaign was targeted. After the hearing before the Senate intelligence committee, Watts told reporters that all the GOP candidates were targeted. And he says the Russians continue to interfere in U.S. politics, specifically targeting House Speaker Paul Ryan of late. Watts told reporters that trolling networks his research institute monitors were disseminating propaganda about dissension in the ranks of the Republican Party regarding the vote for Ryan as speaker of the House. Sen. Ron Wyden is imploring the Senate intelligence committee to “follow the money” on Russia. The Oregon Democrat says fishy real estate deals and money laundering might mean that the “Russian government may be only a step or two away” from American institutions. He asked Russia experts testifying at a congressional hearing about Russian corruption. Clint Watts is with the Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on National Security. Watts suggested that the committee also “follow the dead bodies.” Watts says several Russians tied to the investigation into Kremlin disinformation activities have been killed in the past three months — not only in Russia, but in western countries as well.last_img

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