Flynn – who met with the committee virtually – invoked the Fifth “on the advice of counsel”, his lawyer, David Warrington, said in a statement accusing the panel of insinuating that “General Flynn’s decision to refuse to answer their questions constituted an admission of guilt.”
“Most of the questions were unrelated to the legislative purpose contained in House Resolution 503, and many clearly came from fringe news and conspiracy websites and rumors. No American should have to endure a such harassment from the legislative branch of our government,” Warrington claimed.
He had filed a lawsuit to block the committee’s attempts to interview him and obtain documents related to his activity before and on January 6, but lost that battle in court.
Flynn has long faced tribulations in court since lying in 2017 to the FBI and then Vice President Mike Pence while serving as national security adviser in Trump’s White House. He lost his job during the episode and pleaded guilty in federal court to making false statements.
But he was pardoned by Trump late in the administration and became a public voice in right-wing circles touting a false belief that Trump lost the election due to widespread voter fraud.