Oh, boy. This probably doesn’t bode well.
Earlier today, we brought you a full breakdown of the latest from the Trump-Russia drama. In short, The New York Times reported that the “intelligence” Devin Nunes claims to have supporting Trump’s widely rebuked wiretapping claim came from two White House officials, one of which – Ezra Cohen-Watnick – was brought on by Michael Flynn.
Here’s how we summed up what we know so far:
Just to recap, now we have Devin Nunes secretly visiting the White House after the director of the FBI discloses a probe into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia, and during that secret visit, Nunes received “evidence” to support a Trump tweet that was based on a Breitbart article, that was based on a Right-wing radio rant, and the guy who gave Nunes the “intelligence” was hired by Michael Flynn who was fired for lying about colluding with Russians, and that collusion was brought to the attention of the President by Sally Yates who was fired by Trump and who we would have heard from this week except for the fact that Devin Nunes cancelled the hearing for no reason at all.
Well now – Thursday evening – the Wall Street Journal is out reporting that Flynn himself has offered to testify in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution. Here’s more:
Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has told the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional officials investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.
As an adviser to Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, and later one of Mr. Trump’s top aides in the White House, Mr. Flynn was privy to some of the most sensitive foreign-policy deliberations of the new administration and was directly involved in discussions about the possible lifting of sanctions on Russia imposed by the Obama administration.
He has made the offer to the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees though his lawyer but has so far found no takers, the officials said.
Mr. Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, declined to comment.
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.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but if Flynn is desperately seeking immunity in exchange for telling the FBI what he knows, it probably means that he believes someone is very, very close to breaking this thing wide open.
And cue Twitter…