President Trump on Friday urged his former top adviser, Michael Flynn, to seek an immunity deal from Congress, after news broke late Thursday that Flynn was seeking such a deal. Trump said Flynn should cut a deal because the entire thing is “a witch hunt” that ostensibly won’t lead anywhere.
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
Trump used to have a very different take on immunity deals.
It wasn’t long ago that Trump seemed to believe such deals signaled guilt and were a very bad thing for a certain presidential candidate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2016
And here’s Trump in late September: “The reason they get immunity is because they did something wrong. If they didn’t do anything wrong, they don’t think in terms of immunity. Five people. Folks, I’m telling you: Nobody’s seen anything like this in our country’s history.”
Joining him in that belief was Flynn himself, then a top surrogate who would later become Trump’s national security adviser before resigning over his talks with a Russian ambassador. Some argue his discussion of sanctions with Sergey Kislyak before Trump’s inauguration may have broken a law against civilians conducting diplomacy. (It’s not clear if this is why Flynn is seeking immunity; he’s also recently faced serious questions about his failure to disclose his work for the government of Turkey.)
“When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime,” Flynn said…