In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last 24 hours, The Wall Street Journal dropped a news bomb yesterday evening—reporting that Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser, the Kremlin-connected Michael Flynn, has offered his testimony to the FBI, the House and Senate intelligence committees in exchange for immunity.
There really isn’t much more that we know about this ordeal than that, so be sure to pace yourself and temper your expectations—as this could just be a ploy by Flynn to save himself from certain prosecution (keep in mind that he has an entirely separate issue with his undisclosed lobbying on behalf of Turkey, along with his reported conspiracy to effectively kidnap one of the Turkish Prime Minister’s political foes in the United States and transport him to Istanbul). That Flynn’s offer has not been accepted yet raises questions about how big this could be, but needless to say, the fact that he’s offering to testify at all says quite a lot. Twitter had fun with this news, and plenty of experts weighed in to provide context to this story. Here are the 50 best tweets about this ordeal.
The president even got in on the action, continuing his theme of definitely not broadcasting his paranoia through Twitter.
Here's an eerie tweet from Michael Flynn's lawyer from November.
George W. Bush's chief White House ethics lawyer joined in on the fun.
One thing to keep in mind: just because Flynn is requesting immunity doesn't automatically mean that he's guilty of a crime (like both he and Donald Trump have previously said about those who request immunity). This is a fairly standard practice to ensure that his testimony isn't used against him in court.
If you're not following Congressman Ted Lieu, you're twittering wrong. Dude is hitting the Trump administration with a digital flamethrower on a daily basis.
Lastly, take this one with several truckloads of salt, but if this is true, Michael Steele is one hell of a source given how plugged in he is to Republican politics.
Jacob Weindling is Paste’s business and media editor, as well as a staff writer for politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.