Mike Flynn Isn't Getting Immunity From Prosecution — At Least Not Yet

Mike Flynn Isn't Getting Immunity From Prosecution — At Least Not Yet
Congressional officials have said more information needs to be gathered before any immunity request is considered.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked the FBI and congressional officials for immunity from prosecution. It looks like, at least right now, the answer is no.

Flynn's attorney made the request early this week. Flynn wants immunity from Justice Department legal proceedings in exchange for his testimony on the Trump administration's potential ties to Russia.

Congressional officials told NBC News on Friday the Senate Intelligence Committee rejected the offer, largely because the request is "wildly premature."

The same day, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee released a statement saying there are a lot more things to get "before any immunity request from any witness can be considered."

Shortly after Flynn made his request known, a 2016 interview he did with NBC started re-circulating. During the interview, Flynn had an opinion on those who get immunity.

"When you are given immunity, that means you probably committed a crime," Flynn said.

Flynn was booted from the Trump administration in February when it was clear he'd been in contact with a Russian official during Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Flynn then misled the vice president about that contact.

Before the Senate committee denied Flynn's request, Trump tweeted his support for the former security adviser and called the current Russia probe a "witch hunt."