The cloud of investigation hovering over Trump’s White House since the day he took office is getting darker and more disturbing by the minute. After denying any knowledge of how Rep Devin Nunes obtained classified information that he presented as “evidence” to support his wiretap claims, Trump is facing new questions about political interference in the investigations into the Russian election hack following reports that White House officials secretly funneled the material to the chairman of the House intelligence committee.
Caught in what appears to be a blatant attempt to cover up the facts, Trump is now trying to fend off the growing criticism by inviting lawmakers from both parties to view classified information at the White House. The White House’s invitation on Thursday came as The New York Times reported that two White House officials — including an aide whose job was recently saved by President Donald Trump — secretly helped House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes examine intelligence information there last week.
On Tuesday morning, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration had tried to muzzle Sally Yates, a leader in the Obama-era Department of Justice who had been invited to testify before the House Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 election.
According to the Post, the Trump administration sought to prevent Yates from telling the committee everything she knew, informing Yates’ lawyer that any conversations she’d had with White House officials while working in the DOJ were likely protected by executive privilege. Four days before the Post story came out, the hearing at which Yates was scheduled to testify had been abruptly canceled by Republican committee Chairman Devin Nunes.
Then, on Thursday, an attorney for Michael Flynn, Trump’s ex-national security adviser, said Flynn is in discussions with the congressional committees about speaking to them in exchange for immunity.
“General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, said in a statement.
Flynn’s move brings a pressing question echoing across Washington: What does Flynn have to offer?
Consider this: The Justice Department doesn’t need Flynn’s testimony if it wants to potentially charge him with any of these offenses. It already has the transcripts of intercepted conversations with the Russians, interview notes with Flynn, legal filings by Flynn, and security clearance applications from Flynn. Additionally, prosecutors don’t give immunity to get confessions; they give immunity to help build bigger cases against bigger potential defendants.
For the Justice Department or Congress to take Flynn’s offer, he must offer something—or someone—they don’t already have. And it should either be someone higher up or someone who may have committed a more serious crime.
These facts have fueled speculation that Flynn and others are sitting on earth-shattering information that could bring down the Trump administration, and that Trump and his republican allies are doing everything in their power to cover it up.