“US lawmakers face tough choices over Michael Flynn’s Russia ties”
As Capitol Hill echoes with calls for an investigation into Michael Flynn’s ties with Russia, lawmakers may face a choice between learning the truth and punishing wrongdoing.
If Mr. Flynn were subpoenaed and opted to assert his constitutional right not to testify, the investigating committee could grant him immunity from prosecution for anything he told Congress. But that move would come at a cost.
“You would get the facts but at a price of rendering it virtually impossible for the Justice Department to prosecute,” said Robert Ray, a partner at Thompson & Knight, the law firm, in New York. “Getting to the truth is one thing and developing a prosecutable case is a separate matter.”