While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has wielded extra power through her House select committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, she and her partisan team just received considerable pushback from one of former President Donald Trump’s top officials.
According to Fox News, former national security adviser Michael Flynn is ready for a legal battle, as he recently filed a lawsuit not only asking for a preliminary injunction against Pelosi’s committee, but he also requested a restraining order against her.
Flynn’s legal efforts are primarily to halt the committee, which has been described by many as a last-ditch political witch hunt for desperate Democrats ahead of the 2022 midterms, from issuing more subpoenas, in what Flynn described as an “outrageous intrusion” against his family.
The legal filing went on to say that Flynn has taken issue with the House committee’s “secret seizure of his and his family’s personal information from their telecommunications and/or electronic mail service providers.”
Flynn’s lawyers argued in the legal filing that their client had nothing to do with what happened on Jan. 6 at the Capitol building.
The lawsuit read: “General Flynn did not organize, speak at, or actively participate in any rallies or protests in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021, and he of course did not participate in the attack on the Capitol that day.”
In addition, the former Trump official argued that his First Amendment rights had been violated by Pelosi’s numerous subpoenas on behalf of her select committee.
“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,” the lawsuit read.
It added: “It thus constitutes a frontal assault on his 1st Amendment rights to freedom of speech, association, and petition.”
The committee’s angle
Pelosi’s group reportedly subpoenaed the former Trump official last month due to statements he made on television, and because of a meeting that took place between Flynn and Trump last December.
The select committee alleged that Flynn’s meeting with Trump involved discussions about “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 had been tainted.”
The committee also pointed out a Newsmax interview during which Flynn reportedly discussed some of those same topics, including the possibility of Trump declaring martial law after the election results came in.