US Judge Rejects Michael Flynn’s Request to Block 6 January Panel’s Subpoenas
Flynn requested a temporary restraining order, saying the subpoena of his telephone records had "raised significant Constitutional and practical concerns". He also argued that it violated the First Amendment, which among other things protects freedom of speech, as well as his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
"The subpoena demands records of General Flynn’s communications about the 2020 election, and seeks to identify the basis for his beliefs and the persons with whom he associated, in addition to contacts with government officials. It thus constitutes a frontal assault on his 1st Amendment rights to freedom of speech, association, and petition. 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", Flynn’s lawsuit read.
District Judge Mary Scriven rejected Flynn’s request, saying the former government official did not set forth "specific facts in an affidavit or a verified complaint clearly showing that immediate and irreparable injury, loss, or damage will result to him" if the subpoena is not blocked. The judge also noted that Michael Flynn’s lawyers did not follow the correct process in filing the request by failing to notify the House panel of the lawsuit or explaining why they did not do so.
However, the judge said that the former official could renew his bid if he "believes he can comply with the procedural requirements".
The Storming of the Capitol and the Ongoing Investigation
On 6 January, Donald Trump held the so-called "Stop the Steal" rally that was attended by thousands of his supporters. Addressing the crowd, the Republican reiterated claims about the election being stolen. Trump also called on his supporters to "march" on Congress.
"You are the people that built this nation. You have to get your people to fight", the president told his supporters.
Since the incident, questions have been raised as to whether the actions of Donald Trump and his allies played a role in the tragic events.
Michael Flynn is the latest ally of Trump to be subpoenaed by the House committee investigating the incident. The panel previously subpoenaed former ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Donald Trump himself. 11 individuals who were ordered to testify and asked to hand over phone records sued the panel, including Donald Trump.
According to local media, the House committee has conducted many successful interviews regarding the pro-Trump rally on 6 January and its high-profile participants.