Last month, General Michael Flynn joined the growing list of individuals in Donald Trump’s social circle to be subpoenaed but the House Select Committee to testify about the events leading up to the attack on Congress that took place on January 6th. Like several others, he fought against the order — and he’s the latest to have an effort fail.
According to Politico, Flynn was making a show of cooperating with the Congressional Committee, but only on his own terms. He says that he hired a firm to “collect and process” documents for submission to the January 6th Committee, and though he was included in a November round of subpoenas, he asked Congress to delay his testimony until December 20th to allow him to prepare — but after that, he began trying to limit what cooperation he’d offer, and finally informed the Committee he’d be suing to prevent them from enforcing the subpoena.
NEW: The Select Committee has issued subpoenas to six of the former President's allies and advisors tied to efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, including:
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) November 8, 2021
He filed the lawsuit, requesting a restraining order to keep the Committee from enforcing the subpoena and document request, on Tuesday, a day after his testimony was scheduled — and it only took until Wednesday for a judge to turn him down flat.
According to NBC, U.S. District Court Judge Mary Scriven said that there was no evidence Flynn would face “immediate and irreparable harm” from the subpoena, particularly since there was no sign the Committee had made an effort to enforce the document request previously, despite the stated deadline being almost a month past.
Already the January 6th Committee has moved for criminal indictments of two other alleged witnesses on contempt charges for ignoring subpoenas.
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