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