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Intel Committee Ranking Member Schiff Statement on Michael Flynn’s Request for Immunity

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Washington DC, March 31, 2017 | comments

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee, released the following statement:

"With respect to the offer by the attorney for Michael Flynn that he would be willing to testify before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees but only in exchange for immunity, we should first acknowledge what a grave and momentous step it is for a former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States to ask for immunity from prosecution. We will be discussing the matter with our counterparts on the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Department of Justice. While Mr. Flynn's testimony is of great interest to our committee, we are also deeply mindful of the interests of the Department of Justice in the matter.

"Additionally, as 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.  As but one example, during our open hearing I made a formal request of the agencies to provide Mr. Flynn's background check document, SF-86, so we can determine whether he properly reported any work he may have conducted on behalf of a foreign entity. We have yet to receive those documents. Moreover, when the time comes to consider requests for immunity from any witness, we will of course require a detailed proffer of any intended testimony."

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