Former national security adviser Michael Flynn sued the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot on Tuesday, claiming its subpoenas violate his right to free speech and his right against self-incrimination.
“Without intervention by this Court, General Flynn faces the harm of being irreparably and illegally coerced to produce information and testimony in violation of the law and his constitutional rights,” says the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Florida, where Flynn lives.
In a letter to Flynn last month, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee’s chair, said the panel wanted to ask him about a meeting he had with then-President Donald Trump and others in the Oval Office in December 2020. During the meeting, the letter says, “participants discussed seizing voting machines, declaring a national emergency, invoking certain national security emergency powers, and continuing to spread the message that the November 2020 election had been tainted by widespread fraud.”
The letter noted that Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general who briefly was Trump’s national security adviser, made similar suggestions in an interview with Newsmax the day before the meeting.