The man who was Donald Trump’s first National Security Advisor (NSA), Michael Flynn, tried to avoid testifying in court. But his appeals finally ran out, and the ex-NSA had no other alternative but to testify in front of a Fulton County, Florida special grand jury.
The Second District Court of Appeals in Florida upheld a lower court ruling, meaning that Flynn’s attempt to stay his appearance was denied. He has been scheduled to testify on December 8, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Trump advisor may appear before the court either Thursday or another date if so specified by the Fulton District Attorney’s Office.
A 23-person special grand jury has been investigating whether the previous president and/or his allies “criminally meddled in the administration of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election:”
‘Prosecutors have said that Flynn is one of the last remaining witnesses who has yet to testify, and they’ve indicated the grand jury is likely to wrap up its work in the weeks ahead.’
DA Willis has dealt with court fight after court fight as witnesses tried to avoid their subpoena to testify.
The South Carolina Supreme Court forced Trump’s last White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to come before the grand jury after his last hope of resistance finally broke down, NBC News reported:
‘Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who’s overseeing the special grand jury, has said that the special grand jury’s investigation is a criminal proceeding. He also certified Flynn as a “necessary and material witness.”’
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also resisted testifying and took it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where he ultimately failed. Last week Graham answered the grand jury’s questions for over two hours.
At least one additional witness has been fighting to keep from testifying. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) moved to Virginia, and appealed to a Fairfax County, Virginia circuit court that said that he had to appear before the grand jury. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution continued:
‘For witnesses who live outside of Georgia, local judges must sign off on the grand jury summons, which are technically known as certificates of material witnesses, for them to become enforceable like subpoenas.’
Former U.S. Army Lt. General Flynn pled “guilty to making false statements to the FBI” under Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The special counsel was investigating whether there was Russian interference in Trump’s first election, 2016.
However, Trump pardoned Flynn before 45 left office. The Fulton prosecutors want to know what circumstances were involved in that pardon:
‘Fulton prosecutors previously said they’re interested in discussing the circumstances related to his pardon, as well as comments he made to Newsmax in late 2020 in which he said Trump could invoke martial law and seize voting machines.’
Prosecutors also wanted to ask Flynn about a December 2020 White House meeting with the former president’s campaign officials and attorney Sidney Powell.
DA Willis said she wanted to finish with the grand jury by the end of the year. As to whether Trump will be asked to testify before the grand jury, the DA has not yet decided.
The district attorney’s spokesperson had no comment. Neither did Flynn’s attorneys.
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