Retired Lt.Gen. Michael Flynn the former National Security advisor for president Trump has now offered to testify at hearings into alleged Russian meddling in the US election in exchange for legal immunity.
In a story originally published in the Wall Street Journal, Flynn has offered to testify to the FBI, and both of the Congressional inquiries into Russian interference in the US 2016 presidential election.
Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner confirmed in a statement that “discussions have taken place” with both committees, but declined to provide details on what those discussions entailed.
“He certainly has a story to tell and very much wants to tell it should the circumstances permit” said Flynn’s lawyer.
He insisted his client had been the victim of "unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo directed against him".
He added: "No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicised, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution."
Spokespeople for both the chairman and ranking member of the House intelligence committee however have denied the Wall Street Journal report.
“No, Michael Flynn has not offered to testify to [the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] in exchange for immunity,” said Jack Langer, a spokesman for House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).
Michael Flynn has recently belatedly registered himself with the Justice department as a paid foreign agent acting on behalf of a Danish company called Inovo with close links to the Turkish governmnent, and has also been unmasked as the recipient of large sums of money from various Russian government agencies including the RT television company, Volga-Dnpr Airways, and Kaspersky Government Security Solutions.
Flynn who spent much of the Trump campaign acting as ringleader for the hysterical “Lock her up!” rally chants aimed at presidential rival Hillary Clinton had also appeared last September on a TV show with NBC reporter Chuck Todd where he memorably observed “When you are given immunity, that means you have probably committed a crime.”