Michael Flynn Sues Jan. 6 Committee Over Phone Records Subpoena Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, leaving federal court on Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
By Luca Cacciatore | Tuesday, 21 December 2021 06:51 PM
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn filed a lawsuit against the House select committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack on Tuesday over a subpoena issued for his phone records on the date of the event, CNN reported.
The suit, filed in Florida, argued the House subpoena was too broad in scope and punished him for constitutionally protected speech, according to Reuters.
"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 said in the lawsuit.
Flynn's lawsuit is the eighth court challenge against the partisan committee's allegedly overreaching demands, per CNN.
The select committee issued the subpoena Flynn is challenging on Nov. 8. Five others were also targeted the same day over their proximity to former President Trump and election skepticism.
Notable subpoenas by the committee on Nov. 8 were Trump 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien, former senior adviser to the campaign Jason Miller, and conservative lawyer John Eastman. All individuals were asked to supply the committee with documents by Nov. 23, a CNN article reported last month.
"In the days before the January 6th attack, the former President's closest allies and advisors drove a campaign of misinformation about the election and planned ways to stop the count of Electoral College votes," Select Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson,D-Miss., said in a statement. "The Select Committee needs to know every detail about their efforts to overturn the election, including who they were talking to in the White House and in Congress, what connections they had with rallies that escalated into a riot, and who paid for it all."