A top House Democrat said Friday it is too early to consider an immunity deal for former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn in exchange for testimony on alleged connections between Russia and the Trump campaign — as the White House openly encouraged Flynn to testify.
Flynn’s attorney had said Thursday that the retired general is in discussions with the House and Senate intelligence committees, indicating he wants immunity from “unfair prosecution” in exchange for talking.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, on Friday called the idea a “grave and momentous step,” and one that apparently cannot be considered quite yet.
“[A]s with any investigation — and particularly one that grows in severity and magnitude by the day — there is still much work and many more witnesses and documents to obtain before any immunity request from any witness can be considered,” he said. He added that the committee will discuss it with Senate colleagues and the Justice Department.
That was after President Trump said on Twitter that Flynn was right to seek immunity, tweeting that he was being targeted by a “witch hunt” of “historic proportion.”
“He should go up there and he should testify,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at Friday’s press briefing.