Michael Flynn Fifth House Intel, refuses to be ‘paraded, harassed.
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights rather than testify before the House Intelligence Committee, Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell said in a letter Monday, according to The Washington Examiner.
Powell, who replaced Flynn’s previous attorneys in June, wrote that Flynn refuses to be “paraded, harassed or disparaged” by Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), according to the Times.
Powell has previously accused federal prosecutors of withholding evidence favorable to Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. Flynn’s sentencing on the false statements charges was previously delayed to allow him to continue cooperating in the investigation into a former business partner’s foreign lobbying.
District Judge Emmet Sullivan, an Obama appointee, has proposed a Dec. 18 sentencing date for Flynn, while Powell has pushed for more time before sentencing, saying she needs additional time to seek a court order for the supposed exculpatory material. Powell said in early September that Flynn has no plans to withdraw from his plea deal.