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Immunity from Prosecution: Michael Flynn, Colorado, and the Fifth Amendment

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Derogatory speculation on someone else’s reasons for exercising a constitutional right is never a good idea. You never know when you may end up needing to employ the same right. Just ask Michael Flynn, who made headlines last week when he offered to cooperate with congressional investigations by the U.S. House and Senate intelligence committees in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Both committees are currently investigating the possibility of coordination by President Trump or his associates with agents of the Russian government in connection with the 2016 presidential election. Just a few short months ago, Flynn himself (then a campaign aide for Trump) publicly commented on reports that Hillary Clinton’s aides had been granted immunity in exchange for speaking with investigators about her email server, stating that “[w]hen you are given immunity, that means you probably committed a crime.”

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