In a move that has sent shockwaves across the political world and panic in the Trump administration, Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who served as national security adviser to President Donald Trump, is seeking immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying on the president’s ties to Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday afternoon.
Flynn made the offer to the FBI, the House intelligence committee and the Senate intelligence committee, according to the report. All three entities are currently investigating whether Trump and his associates colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign in order to defeat Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment on the report. Spokespeople for the chairman and ranking member of the Senate committee did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Flynn resigned from his role in the Trump administration in February after it was revealed he had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office. Flynn had initially denied such contact.
While Trump said he did ask for Flynn’s resignation, he’s maintained that his former adviser did nothing wrong by speaking to the Russian ambassador.
Earlier this month, documents revealed Flynn had deeper financial ties to Russia than previously reported, including receiving substantial payments from Russian companies in the year before he joined Trump’s campaign as a surrogate. House Democrats have argued that this shows Flynn may have violated a clause of the U.S. Constitution that bars key government officials from receiving payment from foreign governments.
According to the Wall Street Journal, none of them have yet accepted Flynn’s offer.