President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is suing the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a bid to quash a subpoena for his testimony and phone records.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the federal district court for Fort Myers, Fla., one day before Flynn was scheduled to appear before the committee to testify.
In the 42-page filing, Flynn alleged the committee’s request was an “outrageous intrusion” that risked violating his First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights.
“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,” the suit reads.
“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,” it continues. “He will also be illegally and irreparably harmed by the Select Committee’s unlawful and secret seizure of his and his family’s personal information from their telecommunications and/or electronic mail service providers.”