Ex-Trump adviser sues Capitol riot panel

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Michael Flynn, a longtime adviser to former US president Donald Trump, has sued the congressional committee investigating the deadly January 6 attack on the US Capitol in hopes of blocking it from obtaining his phone records.

Flynn alleged in a lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in federal court in Florida, that a subpoena issued to him by the House of Representatives January 6 Select Committee was too broad in scope and punishes him for constitutionally protected speech he engaged in as a private citizen.

The committee issued a subpoena to Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, in November, seeking testimony and documents about a "command centre" at Washington's Willard Hotel set up to steer efforts to deny Democrat Joe Biden his November 2020 election victory.

Trump falsely claims he lost the election because of widespread electoral fraud.

A spokesman for the January 6 Select Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Flynn's lawsuit is the latest in a flood of litigation by targets of the committee seeking to prevent it from enforcing its subpoenas for testimony or communications.

Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and founder of the right-wing website InfoWars, filed a similar case on Monday.

Flynn was charged as part of former US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 US presidential election won by Trump.

Flynn, a retired Army general, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about interactions he had with Russia's ambassador to the United States in January 2017.

He later sought to withdraw the plea, arguing that prosecutors duped him into a plea agreement. Trump later pardoned him.

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