The Senate Intelligence Committee rejected former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s request for immunity from prosecution in exchange for testimony in the committee’s investigation into Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election, NBC News reported.
BREAKING: The Senate Intelligence Committee has turned down Mike Flynn's request for immunity, a senior official tells NBC News
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 31, 2017
Flynn resigned from his post last month after he admitted to briefing Vice President Mike Pence “with incomplete information” regarding his phone calls with the Russian ambassador before Inauguration Day.
According to NBC, a senior congressional official said that Flynn’s lawyer was informed that any request for immunity in exchange for Flynn’s testimony in the investigation was “wildly preliminary” and “not on the table” at this time. The source said that immunity could still be discussed later in the ongoing investigation.
American intelligence officials have said that Russia sought to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Earlier Friday, Trump took to Twitter to say Flynn should seek immunity, likening the investigation to a “witch hunt.”
Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2017
CNN noted that, during a 2016 interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Flynn likened seeking immunity to guilt.