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  • Subpoenaed

Michael FlynnLast Updated: July 1, 2022

Insurrection Related Information

  • Subpoenaed by 1/6 Commission

Occupation(s)

  • Former National Security Advisor of the United States

Executive Summary

Campaign; deposition scheduled for Dec. 6. Flynn served as Trump’s first national security adviser. After leaving the White House early in 2017 (having misrepresented his conversations with a Russian official), Flynn embraced the world of conspiracy theories that surrounded Trump’s presidency.

Committee description:

Michael Flynn reportedly attended a December 18th, 2020 meeting in the Oval Office during which participants discussed 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 by widespread fraud. The day before, Flynn gave an interview on Newsmax TV during which he talked about seizing voting machines, foreign influence in the election, and the purported precedent for deploying military troops and declaring martial law to ‘rerun’ the election.

Ahead of Jan. 6, Michael Flynn pushed incendiary insurrectionist rhetoric and lies around the election, including retweeting a petition calling for the suspension of the Constitution that would amount to a military coup. Flynn also promoted Stop the Steal events and overhyped the significance of Jan. 6. In a January 5 speech Flynn said, “those of you who are feeling weak tonight, those of you who don’t have the moral fiber in your body — get some tonight because tomorrow we the people are going to be here.”

After the insurrection, Flynn pushed claims that “antifa” provoked the storming of the Capitol. Flynn also continued to push election lies and conspiracy theories and falsely claimed that Trump won the election. Flynn downplayed the events of Jan. 6 and denied that it was an attempted insurrection.

Occupation(s)

Former National Security Advisor of the United States

Affiliated Organizations

    • Political Organization

    Trump Campaign

    3 individual(s)

    • Extremist / Right-Wing Group

    Stop the Steal

    10 individual(s)

Press Coverage

  • Far-right Oath Keepers exchanged messages about GOP Rep. Ronny Jackson during Jan. 6 riot

    Published on April 19, 2022 Read at CBS News
  • Who’s who in the Jan. 6 committee subpoenas

    Published on November 10, 2021 Read at Washington Post

Sources

  • MEMO: January 6th Research for Public Wise (Media Matters Action Network)

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