Gen. Michael Flynn Files Restraining Order Against Nancy Pelosi

Not for stalking, but almost as bad, and he's fighting back.

No, she isn’t stalking him, but it is almost as bad: Gen. Michael Flynn, who knows a thing or two about witch hunts, is taking action to stop the latest one. Naming all the members of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol as defendants, he has filed a complaint intended to stop a subpoena from that committee. At the same time, according to the Western Journal, Flynn “filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction specifically” against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Smirnoff). It is always refreshing, and far too rare, to see someone fighting back against this latter-day American version of the Stalinist show trials.

Remember: Flynn served as Trump’s National Security Adviser for less than a month before he resigned under a cloud in Feb. 2017, having become a central focus of the Russian collusion hoax. He wasn’t serving in the Trump administration in any capacity on Jan. 6, 2020 and had not done so for nearly three years. But that didn’t stop the rabid partisans of the Jan. 6 committee from trying to rope him into something he had absolutely nothing to do with.

“In November,” the Western Journal reports, Flynn “was mailed a subpoena ordering him to hand over documents and appear for a deposition.” According to Flynn’s complaint, “The Subpoena commanded General Flynn produce documents in response to twenty sweeping and vague demands covering a year and a half time frame — by November 23, 2021. Further, it commanded General Flynn to appear for a deposition on December 6, 2021.”

This is absurd, as Flynn was not a player in the Trump administration at that time, and so if there was any planning for an “insurrection,” (there wasn’t, as has recently been proven definitively), it would have been extremely unlikely that Flynn would have been in on it.

So why are the Jan. 6 committee and Pelosi targeting Flynn? Flynn’s complaint suggests that it may be because he was one of the many Americans who were skeptical about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election. The complaint points out that “it is not a crime to hold such beliefs, regardless of whether they are correct or mistaken, to discuss them with others, to associate with those who share the same belief, or to ask the government to address such political concerns.”

There may be other reasons as well. Flynn has for years been one of the most vocal and articulate critics of the failed foreign policy establishment that the Biden administration has brought back into power. (It wasn’t entirely out of power during the Trump administration, as deeply entrenched bureaucrats fought hard against his efforts to establish American foreign policy on an America-First basis.) As far back as Aug. 2015, Foreign Policy Journal reported that Flynn, who had then recently left his position as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, stated that the Obama administration had made “a willful decision” to support al-Qaeda in Syria against the Assad regime. It came out early this year that U.S. taxpayer money went to a jihadist group in Syria during the Obama administration.

This would explain why the political elites have targeted Flynn with such persistence and intensity: they had to make sure that his tenure as NSA would be extremely brief before he had the chance to do a thorough housecleaning and dismiss the Obama-era officials who were responsible for disastrous decisions such as the bright idea to aid jihad terrorists in Syria. When Trump dismissed Flynn, it looked as if his enemies had triumphed over him, but then it was their witch-hunt against Flynn in particular that began to unravel the entire Russian collusion hoax.

Now the fact that the Jan. 6 committee is targeting him demonstrates that they still regard Flynn as a threat, a serious challenge to their view of the world and the America-Last assumptions that guide the Left’s foreign policy. That also explains why he has not gotten even basic courtesy from a committee that is clearly avid to do anything it can to discredit and destroy him: he inquired about the subpoena, but according to the complaint, the Jan. 6 committee “stubbornly refused to provide any clarification or cooperation to resolve these issues.”

Now Flynn faces contempt of Congress charges for declining to play along with the witch-hunt. The complaint states: “Thus, General Flynn is caught between alternatives that both risk criminal prosecution by the Department of Justice, either in an ongoing criminal probe, or in a new prosecution for contempt of Congress.”

Meanwhile, Flynn’s motion against Pelosi notes that he “had no part in organizing, speaking at or participating in the rallies, protest or incursion that took place on Jan. 6, 2020, and that the subpoena is furthermore an assault on Flynn’s constitutional rights.” The idea that Nancy Pelosi cares about anyone’s constitutional rights, and particularly the rights of someone she and her colleagues have targeted and scapegoated, is laughable. But we can hope that Flynn will find relief in the courts from this targeted legal harassment.

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 23 books including many bestsellers, such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)The Truth About Muhammad and The History of Jihad. His latest book is The Critical Qur’an. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
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