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US Senate Intel Committee Rejects Flynn's Request for Immunity - Reports

© AP Photo / Carolyn KasterNational Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits in the front row before the start of the President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joint new conference in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits in the front row before the start of the President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joint new conference in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 - Sputnik International
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The US Senate Intelligence Committee will not grant former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn immunity in exchange for his testimony as part of their investigation into the 2016 election, Russia and the Trump campaign, NBC News reported.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, The Wall Street Journal as well as other media reported that Flynn had offered to be questioned by US federal investigators and Congress in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

However, USA Today published the actual letter by Flynn’s attorney Robert Kelner, which reads different from the media reports.

A senior congressional official stated that Flynn's lawyer was told the idea of immunity at this point was "wildly preliminary" and "not on the table" at the moment, NBC News reported.

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The letter also noted Flynn was the target of unsubstantiated public demands by members of Congress and others that he be criminally investigated, and confirmed he very much wants to tell his side of the story should the circumstances permit. Moreover, there was no mention of the FBI in the letter.

President Donald Trump stated via Twitter on Friday that Flynn should ask for immunity in that the ongoing investigations are a witch hunt and an excuse for the 2016 election loss by Democratic Party and the US media of historic proportions.

On February 13, Flynn announced his resignation after media reported he misled the Trump administration about the extent of his talks with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak. However, Flynn conceded no wrongdoing in his resignation letter.

Both houses of the US Congress are investigating possible links between Trump's team and Russian officials amid allegations Moscow sought to influence the 2016 election. Russian officials have repeatedly denied the claims.

On March 15, US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said the committee had no evidence of communications between Trump’s campaign staff and Russian officials.

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