Michael Flynn pleads Fifth in deposition to January 6 committee

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.

The committee, which is investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol, is interested in Flynn because he allegedly attended a December 2020 Oval Office meeting “in which attendees discussed the seizing voting machines, declaring a national emergency, invoking certain national security emergency powers, and continuing to spread the false message that the November 2020 election was marred by widespread fraud . »

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.

Invoking the Fifth Amendment is usually done to avoid answering specific questions. Although taking the fifth may have negative implications depending on the circumstances, the United States Supreme Court has long considered the right against self-incrimination a venerable part of the Constitution and has tried to ensure that the silence of a witness is not equated with guilt.
Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark pleaded for the Fifth Amendment more than 100 times during his Jan. 6 committee testimony last month, a source familiar with the interview told CNN. And Roger Stone, another staunch Trump ally, invoked the Fifth with every question asked during his deposition in December.

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.


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