Former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn plans to ignore the subpoena issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee and will cite his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) said last week that Flynn had not yet complied with the Senate’s subpoena, and added that he didn’t expect Flynn to agree to testify under oath. Flynn asked for immunity from the Senate in exchange for testifying, but so far the Senate has been unwilling to grant his request. Trump fired Flynn after it was revealed that he lied both publicly and privately to Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his contacts with Russian government officials.
In an interview with portal KnowMyRepublican.com, Flynn argued that he has a constitutional right to plead the 5th as a citizen of this country and that he “darn well better have it,” especially since “many others who have committed crimes far worse than mine had the decency to stand in front of the Senate and lie their socks off.” “That’s one of the many things that makes it great to be an American – the law is the same for everybody, regardless of whether you’re rich of poor, unattractive or beautiful, black or white and so on. We all have the same obligations and the same duties that we need to perform in order to earn our place in this great land. On the other hand, we all have the same rights that prevent some of us from being discriminated compared to others. Even though that doesn’t always work like that in practice,” he said.
Asked to elaborate, Flynn argued that his right to plead the 5th was something he “earned” as opposed to “other people, who assume they have the right to do that just because they happen to be born in this country.” “I don’t need to tell you that I served my country in more ways than one; everybody knows my history and what I’ve been through. I have always taken great pride in the fact that I speak the truth regardless of the consequences. That is something that has been my thing, as young people would say, for a long time. Therefore, I don’t think I’m going too far out there when I say that every single right I have as a citizen of this country is a right I’ve earned with my actions,” he opined. “On the other hand, you have people like Hillary Clinton, who, in addition to being caught lying more than once, also happens to be a woman.”
“At the risk of sounding like a misogynist, the things that woman has done are so heinous that I’m almost ashamed to be called an American because of it. And not only that – she had the audacity after all of that to instruct her staff to plead the 5th for her. It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. Her plead was not only unconstitutional – it was flat our unnecessary because she meant to lie all along, like women always do. Whenever they do something wrong, they think they can get away with it just because they’re the fairer sex. It sickens me. What Hillary Clinton did was almost as bad as having a private email server, because she might as well spat on the Constitution of the United States of America. On the other hand – if someone like that is allowed to exercise their constitutional right after what she’s done, then what I’m about to do should be a walk in the park. What can I say – only in America,” he concluded.