A federal judge in Florida on Dec. 22 denied former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s request to temporarily block subpoenas issued to him by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
District Court Judge Mary Scriven in Tampa said in the ruling that there was no reason to issue an emergency order blocking the subpoena because the Committee postponed Flynn’s deposition to a date that has yet to be determined.
“There is no evidence in the record as to the date by which the Select Committee now expects Flynn to comply with its document requests,” Scriven wrote.
Scriven further wrote that there was “no basis to conclude that Flynn will face ‘immediate and irreparable harm’ before the defendants have an opportunity to respond.
Scriven also said that Flynn did not meet the procedural requirements for the request because he had failed to notify the Committee of the lawsuit or provide a reason why the Committee should be exempt from that requirement under federal civil procedural rules.
However, Scriven also said that Flynn may refile his motion “if he believes that he can comply with the procedural requirements.”
The ruling is the first quick response to a lawsuit from a House witness as it came a day after Flynn filed his motion, claiming that the Committee violated his rights to free speech and against self-incrimination when they requested him to provide documents and to appear for a deposition.
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