Donald Trump is probably regretting a tweet he sent in October about Hillary Clinton’s staffers requesting FBI immunity.
In a tweet then-candidate Trump sent on October 9 of last year, the billionaire former game show host taunted his rival, Hillary Clinton, over the FBI investigation surrounding the private email server the former Secretary of State kept at her home. While Clinton was ultimately vindicated, that didn’t stop Trump from taunting her on his favorite social media platform.
“Why did five of your staffers need FBI IMMUNITY?!” Trump tweeted.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2016
The shoe is now on the other foot, as Trump himself is currently under investigation by the FBI surrounding his campaign’s alleged communication with Russian intelligence officials during the election. In a sudden twist of fate, Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.), whom President Trump appointed as his National Security Advisor shortly after his inauguration, has now asked the FBI to grant him immunity in exchange for his testimony. Trump fired Flynn in February after it as revealed that the former general had unsanctioned foreign policy conversations with Sergey Kislyak –Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
Flynn’s proposal to testify for immunity has not yet been accepted by the FBI, though if it is, it could prove to be fatal for the Trump administration, as Flynn was told he may have to register as a foreign agent due to his work with the Turkish government. It was revealed last week that Flynn was tasked with finding a way to secretly extradite Fethullah Gulen — a Turkish cleric accused of organizing a coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Gulen has been in exile in Pennsylvania since 1999.
Should the FBI agree to Flynn’s immunity deal, his testimony may provide the smoking gun investigators have been looking for confirming that President Trump was involved in the alleged Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election on his behalf. The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to start holding hearings in their own investigation of the Russian affair next week.
Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.