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NOT TALKING: After saying Hillary Clinton shouldn’t take immunity, Ex-National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn says he won’t talk to Senate investigators without it. He’s taking the 5th.

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After saying Hillary Clinton shouldn’t take immunity, Ex-National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn says he won’t talk to Senate investigators without it. He’s taking the 5th.

The Senate Intelligence Committee had set Wednesday as its deadline for documents from Flynn. But the former Trump national security adviser is invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. It doesn’t mean he’s guilty, but his former boss, President Trump has suggested in tweets and on the campaign trail, that if you need immunity, you are probably guilty.

“When you the mob takes the fifth, if you’re innocent, why you’re taking the 5th Amendment,” Trump said back in September and during the campaign debate against Hillary Clinton.

The panel wants to see documents relating to Flynn's interactions with Russian officials as part of its probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.


All this comes as fired FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in open public before the Senate Intelligence Committee and Special Counsel Robert Mueller gears up for a criminal investigation under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department.


Flynn was forced to resign in February from his post after it was revealed that he lied to Vice President Pence about his communication with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. It is now known that the White House and likely the president knew of Flynn’s clandestine talks and that he was under investigation by the FBI for links to Russia.
The Intelligence Committee is one of multiple congressional panels that are looking into Flynn's conduct as well as possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Flynn has previously sought immunity from what he termed "unfair prosecution" so he could cooperate with the committee.

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