Michael Flynn’s Immunity Request Rejected By Senate Intelligence Committee
KEN DILANIAN and KASIE HUNT
The Senate Intelligence Committee turned down the request by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s lawyer for a grant of immunity in exchange for his testimony, two congressional sources told NBC News.
A senior congressional official with direct knowledge said Flynn’s lawyer was told it was “wildly preliminary” and that immunity was “not on the table” at the moment. A second source said the committee communicated that it is “not receptive” to Flynn’s request “at this time.”
FBI Director James Comey Confirms Russia Investigation
The FBI is investigating Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election, including potential links with the Trump campaign, FBI Director James Comey said Monday, March 20.
Speaking before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey said that he had been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm the investigation publicly “in an extraordinary step” since the agency does not typically do so with open investigations.
“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part out our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Drumpf campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts,” he said.
National Security Agency Director and Adm. Mike Rogers is also expected to testify about Russian interference in the American election process.
Comey is also was questioned about whether President Drumpf’s claim on Twitter that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower prior to the 2016 election is true.