Michael Flynn has offered to share knowledge about the Trump campaign’s connections to the Russian government in exchange for immunity from prosecution. It should be granted promptly in order to get to the bottom of this unsettling matter, write Richard W. Painter and Norman Eisen of the New York Times. They infer that understanding the full depth of Russian interference as soon as possible should be prioritised over punishing Flynn’s own wrongdoings. However, this must be done by an independent task force as members of Congress as well as the president have shown that they aren’t impartial, according to Painter and Eisen.
Michael Flynn and his lawyer making public their request for immunity indicates that they have very little to offer, speculates Alex Whiting of Just Security. He notes that if they really did have compromising information, they would have approached prosecutors and made a deal before approaching the press. Going public with this appears like an attempt to get a Congress committee to grant him immunity, according to Whiting, who adds that if this happened, it would become highly complicated to prosecute Flynn. Whiting sees the whole episode as a desperate attempt to protect himself before Flynn can be prosecuted for his actions.