Trump urges ex-advisor seeking immunity to testify in Russia inquiry

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Retired General Michael Flynn resigned 23 days after being named national security adviser when it became known that he did not reveal his meeting with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has offered to testify in exchange for immunity from prosecution, as investigators look into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

CGTN’s Jim Spellman explains why the White House is encouraging Flynn to “do what he has to do to get the story out.”

Trump urges ex-advisor seeking immunity to testify in Russia inquiry

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has offered to testify in exchange for immunity from prosecution, as investigators look into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Flynn resigned after it was revealed he was not forthcoming to Vice President Pence about contacts he had with the Russian Ambassador.

Several investigations are looking into alleged Russian hacking during last year’s presidential election and whether there was coordination between the Trump campaign and the hackers. The White House isn’t worried about Flynn revealing anything that damaging to the President or his senior staff and they don’t believe any laws were broken.

It’s unclear what Flynn is offering to testify about or if it implicates anyone in the Trump White House or campaign staff. Typically immunity is only granted if someone has evidence against someone that investigators deem to be more important than the person offering the testimony.