President Trump White House is in deep legal trouble 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 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.
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 in September on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
And then there’s White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who suggested during the campaign that one particular immunity deal for a Clinton staffer was Very Bad News for Clinton.Trump White House is in deep legal trouble