Trump National Security Advisor Compelled to Testify
On Thursday, December 8, 2022, Lt. General Michael Flynn (Ret.), former national security adviser to President Trump, testified before a Georgia special grand jury about possible illegal interference by the Trump campaign in the state’s 2020 election.
Flynn’s testimony was compelled after an appellate court denied his request to stay his court appearance.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis issued a subpoena for Flynn in connection with statements he made in December of 2020, after President Trump lost his reelection bid. In an interview, Flynn said Trump could “take military capabilities” and “basically re-run an election” in swing states. Flynn was also present during a December 18, 2020 meeting at the White House with Trump attorney Sydeny Powell in which it has been reported a number of tactics for overturning the election were discussed, including invoking martial law.
In 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty twice to felony charges of making false statements to the FBI as part of the Robert Muller investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election. He was later pardoned by President Trump.
Flynn is the last of a series of high profile figures who have been compelled to testify before the Fulton County special grand jury after protracted legal proceedings. Sen. Lindsay Graham took his case all the way to the Supreme Court before being forced to testify the week of Thanksgiving. The grand jury also questioned President Trump’s former personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Willis has not yet revealed whether she will seek testimony from the former President. She is expected to conclude the special grand jury proceedings before the the end of the year, at which time recommendations will be made to the District Attorney as to whether or not any indictments should be sought.