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The Senate Intel. Committee Just Rejected Flynn’s Pleas For Immunity

The Senate Intel. Committee Just Rejected Flynn’s Pleas For Immunity

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Former general Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s ex-national security adviser, has been dealt a harsh blow from the Senate Intelligence Committee today when it rejected his request for an immunity deal (at least for the time being). Flynn, who was forced to resign in disgrace after being caught communicating with Russian officials and lying about it, begged for immunity earlier this week.

Flynn offered his testimony on the Trump-Russia collusion scandal in exchange for immunity from prosecution based on his the testimony, presumably because his honest testimony will reveal some major illegal acts on his part. The Committee’s decision to reject Flynn’s desperate offer could be a sign that they do not need criminal Flynn to make their case.

Perhaps the senators think that they can lock up Flynn and bring down the Trump administration without needing to trade one for the other.

The House Intelligence Committee is also looking at a request from Flynn for immunity. What the final outcome will be is uncertain. Ranking member Adam Schiff (D-CA) has been suggesting that Flynn is making the bid for immunity because he is guilty and knows he can’t keep out of jail without a special deal.

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(Sally Yates is the former acting Attorney General who was working as head of the Department of Justice as the Flynn scandal was breaking. Republicans have delayed her testimony to the House Intelligence Committee.)

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It appears that right now lawmakers have the upper hand over Flynn and other Trump cronies when it comes to the Trump-Russia investigations. Let’s hope it stays this way.

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Marisa Manfredo
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.

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