Friday, March 31, 2017

Former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Is Preparing To Sing Like A Birdie

Mike Flynn and Vlad Putin get their wine on

Mod: House and Senate Traitorgate investigations just keep on moving forward, and at a most deliberate pace. Yesterday President Donald Trump's former National Security AdvisorMichael Flynn, offered to spill his guts in exchange for immunity from any prosecution. The New York Times picked up on this exciting development, and shared the following with the world. The entire NYT article is available at the link.

Michael Flynn Offers to Testify Before Congress in Exchange for Immunity (The New York Times link): Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, has offered to be interviewed by House and Senate investigators who are examining the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in exchange for immunity from prosecution, according to his lawyer and a congressional official.

But the congressional official said investigators were unwilling to broker a deal with Mr. Flynn — who resigned last month for misleading White House officials about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States — until they are further along in their inquiries and they better understand what information Mr. Flynn might offer as part of a deal.

In a statement on Thursday evening, Mr. Flynn’s lawyer confirmed discussions with the House and Senate intelligence committees about possible testimony by his client. The lawyer, Robert Kelner, did not provide specifics about the terms under which Mr. Flynn would testify, but said that “no reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch-hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution.”

General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should circumstances permit,” the statement said.

The Wall Street Journal reported Mr. Flynn’s offer to testify.

The F.B.I. is investigating whether any of President Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government in its efforts to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. An immunity deal would make it extraordinarily difficult for the Justice Department to prosecute Mr. Flynn.

It is unclear whether any of Mr. Trump’s other former advisers have asked for immunity from the congressional committees.

It is common for witnesses to demand immunity in exchange for their testimony to ensure that their words cannot be used to prosecute them. Under federal law, Congress can grant witnesses immunity for their testimony, but lawmakers normally do so only after consulting with prosecutors.

Congress normally avoids doing anything that could disrupt a federal investigation. Federal law allows the Justice Department to delay a congressional immunity deal but not block it outright.

The Justice Department declined to comment on Thursday evening.

Michael Flynn in 2016: Immunity ‘means you probably committed a crime’ (Washington Post link): Neither a request for immunity from prosecution nor a grant of immunity constitutes an admission of guilt. It does not mean the individual seeking immunity has committed a crime, only that he or she fears prosecution on the basis of their words, which absent immunity, they would not utter, instead invoking their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

As Michael Flynn’s lawyer said in a statement Thursday about his client’s offer to cooperate with congressional investigators in exchange for immunity from prosecution:

He is now the target of unsubstantiated public demands by Members of Congress and other political critics that he be criminally investigated. No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution.

But Flynn saw immunity differently in September, 2016, when reports surfaced that aides around Hillary Clinton had been granted immunity by the government in exchange for talking freely to the FBI about Clinton’s private email server.

“When you are given immunity, that means you probably committed a crime,” Flynn, then a top campaign aide to Donald Trump, said on Meet the Press.

Today's Russia hearings actually revealed something new and important (Washington Post link): ... In a moment that stunned the hearing room, (former FBI special agent) Clinton Watts flatly stated that the president himself has become a cog in such Russian measures. When asked by Oklahoma Republican James Lankford, who appeared visibly dismayed, why, if Russians have long used these methods, they finally worked in this election cycle, Watts’ answer was extraordinary.

“I think this answer is very simple and is one no one is really saying in this room,” he said. Part of the reason, he went on, “is the Commander In Chief has used Russian active measures at times against his opponents.”

To buttress the claim that Trump (unwittingly or not) aided Russian disinformation efforts, Watts cited several instances. Among them: Trump’s citation of an apparently false Sputnik story at an October 2016 campaign appearance; his ongoing denial before and after the campaign of U.S. intelligence of Russian interference in the election; his claims of voter fraud and election rigging, which Watts said was pushed by RT and Sputnik; and Trump’s questioning of the citizenship of former President Barack Obama and even his primary rival Ted Cruz

Watts added that one of the reasons such tactics are working is that Trump and/or his surrogates have repeated some of the claims, further spreading them through social media accounts that are owned both by real people and bots. Thus, the disinformation is kept alive and gradually becomes more real and plausible. “Part of the reason active measures work is because they parrot the same lines,” Watts said.


Republicans on the committee today seemed to be grappling with the enormity of what this could mean — and, crucially, that this threat should not be seen through a partisan prism. Rubio questioned Watts about a series of such false news stories and hoaxes, including claims that a thousand Muslims had burned down the oldest church in Germany while shouting “Allahu Akbar,” that migrants had raped a German girl, and that the European Union planned to ban snowmen as racist.

If you’ve ever spent time on alt-right social media, there’s a familiar ring to these stories: they are exactly the sort of thing that gets spread and recycled, and reverberate as supposed evidence of the nefariousness of say, Muslims, or the overreach of “political correctness.”

Rubio seemed to suggest that he sees these tactics as intended to divide Americans from one another. “Aren’t we in the midst of a blitzkrieg, for lack of a better term, of informational warfare conducted by Russian trolls, under the command of Vladimir Putin,” Rubio asked, that is designed to divide Americans “politically, socioeconomically, demographically, and the like?” Watts confirmed that one of the aims of Russian active measures is to “play on ethnic divisions.”

It’s not clear yet how much significance these revelations have, if any, to the ongoing probe into possible Russian-Trump campaign collusion. But the gravity of today’s hearing — combined with the New York Times revelations — may prod Senate Republicans into stepping up, particularly to fill the vacuum caused by Nunes’ plummeting credibility.

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50 comments:

  1. Former White House staffer: amid Mike Flynn immunity request, Donald Trump is considering resigning
    http://www.palmerreport.com/news/former-white-house-staffer-sources-say-donald-trump-is-now-considering-resigning-from-the-presidency/2117/

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  2. It just comes down some really dumb and uneducated humans that support this Dump fool ...........

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    1. I'm surprised there are any left.

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  3. Most corrupt administration ever. lock them up. Drain the swamp

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  4. 7:01am. You got part of your sentence correct. "It just comes down to some really dumb and uneducated humans", that can't decipher Fake News vs. Fact and common sense.
    Russian Intelligence must be rolling in the isles laughing out loud, while watching "dumb" and gullible Americans scrambling at each "news" tidbits that are placed into the World Web.
    This same strategy was used in World War II. Even then, until eyewitnesses, photos, written documents were verified; Americans were not running on "drama"; such a big waste of time and energy.

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  5. Welcome to Day 71 - the beginning of Week 11 - of the Trump administration. Which already looks like year 6 of the Nixon reign.

    Flynn, the fired National Security Advisor, is shopping for an immunity deal. He claims he has a story to sell and is willing to rat out the dRump administration. Are the rats leaving the sinking ship? How long until it sinks?

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  6. Following President Obama's lead, President Trump will be signing two Executive Order's today.
    Best Economic developments in sixteen years.

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    1. What is with all of the executive orders? Doesn't Trump has any legislation to present?

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  7. I said it when I heard that he was running and I still say it today, that man is going to be the ruin of this great nation. Trump has to be the puppet for the Divide and Conquer war on America.

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    1. I still can't stop smiling.
      What Divide and Conquer War?
      This Country needed a change from the quagmire of government.
      President Trump is a non Politician. MAGA

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    2. Our Government is "spying" on its own people. Those government employees sworn to confidentiality are leaking classified conversation and information.
      What's not to understand?
      How many ways can you spell Felony?

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    3. You're more comfortable with foreign countries spying on us? Did you have such qualms when Wikileaks was doing it?

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    4. 9:12 - Trump has only been in office 71 days. Isn't it a little early for him to be taking credit for everything good the previous administration did?

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    5. @ 9:17 here's one way to spell "Felony" P a t r i o t.

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    6. And way too soon to blame him for everything. You can't have it both ways.

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    7. Treason is a serious crime. No matter when it was committed.

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  8. 9:35am. I give you the challenge to "name/list" what good the previous Administration did with the eight years.

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    1. All of the things you're giving Trump credit for having done. Without saying what they are, of course.

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  9. They already caught the traitorous leaker- Patreus... the guy trump wanted to hire


    Dumb Trolls get trumped again

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  10. 1,000 Paid Russian Trolls Spread Fake News On Hillary Clinton, Senate Intelligence Heads Told
    A former FBI agent testified that President Donald Trump helped spread fake news by embracing the stories against his opponents.

    Clearly two still employed here.

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    1. If Trump hadn't parroted that troll stuff it wouldn't have been even noticed. But then he repeated it over and over and it became news. A true puppet.

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    2. There are people on this blog still repeating it. For some it is very effective propaganda.

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  11. If Trump would have been black he would have been hung by now.

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  12. If the Hill had done all the Trump said, she would have been in jail by now. Or, if she had done all the Trump has done she would have been in jail by now. Looks like double standards to me.

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    1. Patience. Trump is in trouble. These things take time.

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  13. Senate Intelligence Committee Denies Immunity To Michael Flynn In Russia Probe
    Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, once one of President Donald Trump’s strongest supporters and then his national security adviser, is scrambling to save himself from prosecution in exchange for telling Congress what he knows about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 elections. And to do so, he has hired a lawyer who has been a vocal opponent of Trump.

    “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, said in a statement on Thursday evening.

    Trump fired Flynn in February, after he admitted he had indeed had a conversation in December with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak ― despite previously denying he’d had any contact with Russian officials before Trump took office.

    Flynn told the FBI and congressional officials that he would be willing to testify in their investigations into Russia’s involvement in the elections if he could receive immunity from prosecution, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

    NBC reported Friday that the Senate Intelligence Committee turned down Flynn’s request for immunity, telling Kelner it was “wildly preliminary” and “not on the table” at this time. The Huffington Post confirmed the report with a Senate staffer. The committee declined to comment.

    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, put out a statement Friday saying his panel was still considering the offer.

    “[W]e should first acknowledge what a grave and momentous step it is for a former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States to ask for immunity from prosecution,” he said. “We will be discussing the matter with our counterparts on the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Department of Justice. While Mr. Flynn’s testimony is of great interest to our committee, we are also deeply mindful of the interests of the Department of Justice in the matter.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michael-flynn-lawyer-immunity_us_58de72c8e4b0ba3595946b32

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    1. He's only a bird in a gilded cage.

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  14. 9:47am. Ahhhh, the old, I am rubber and you are glue argument. Good one. LOL.

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  15. San Diego judge approved $25 million payment to Trump University fraud victims.

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  16. A example of "fake news". "Hands up, don't shoot". No one ever said that. The media spun and ran with this and it is still used in protests to date. Expression of "fake anger"?

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    1. You think the FBI is fake?

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    2. 11:40 is fake. Never anything truthful to contribute.

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    3. Millions of people have said "hands up don't shoot" moron you just said it. It is a meme or neologism.

      "The slogan “hands up, don’t shoot!” was coined by St. Louis protesters, including Hands Up United, a police watchdog activist group based in Ferguson, Missouri formed in the wake of Michael Brown’s death, and spread across the country in the following days of the week."

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    4. The point is that Brown never put his hands up and never said "don't shoot." It was fake from the start,a false narative to stir things up. This lie has become a slogan for "protesters" (rioter and looters) all over the country. 11:40 is correct, it was fake news regardless of what police "watchdogs" use as a slogan. Funny though, they want the truth from the police and theor slogan is a lie.

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    5. Do you have any proof for these claims?

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  17. I miss the quaint old Nixonian days of burglary/coverup/resignation without the lasting harm to the U.S. wrought by traitors and their supporters.

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    1. Compared to the Trump mob Nixon was nothing.

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    2. I said from the very beginning that Trump was basing his campaign on Nixon's. Now more true than ever.

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    3. Say what you want about Tricky Dick, he never would have sold is country out to foriegn enemies.

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    4. That dude was an AHole. He definitely sold out America. Good riddance

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    5. Neither Dick would sell out to foreign enemies,Cheney,or Nixon.

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    6. Cheney is the enemy. Cost tens of thousands of lives. Created Isis. Corrupt elite corporate politician. Loser

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  18. The "real"FBI, said there is no reason to talk to General Flynn again.

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    1. No reason to talk to you again either troll. Your bs gets shot down here every day

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    2. LOCK HIM UP!

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  19. Gee can't find anything on the internet about that.Must be a conspiracy.eto dostatochnoye kolichestvo lyudey poveryat?

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  20. Trolls get trumped again!:

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended his comments last week promoting the “Lego Batman” movie, which he financed, in a letter to the Office of Government Ethics obtained by NBC News.

    Mnuchin acknowledged that he should not have made the comment (federal employees are prohibited from using their jobs to sell products), but said “it was not my intention to make a product endorsement.” Mnuchin says in the letter that he takes his ethical responsibilities seriously.

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    1. Munchkin is an evil little man. Just ask all of those people who lost their homes when he foreclosed on them.

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