The Washington Post reported in January that for days after the insurrection, the Army falsely denied that Lt. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, the brother of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, was present during a key meeting as it responded to the Capitol attack.
Charles Flynn confirmed in a statement issued to The Washington Post on Wednesday that he was in the room for a tense Jan. 6 phone call during which the Capitol Police and D.C. officials pleaded with the Pentagon to dispatch the National Guard urgently, but top Army officials expressed concern about having the Guard at the Capitol.
Flynn left the room before the meeting was over, anticipating that then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was in another meeting, would soon take action to deploy more guard members, he said.
“I entered the room after the call began and departed prior to the call ending as I believed a decision was imminent from the Secretary and I needed to be in my office to assist in executing the decision,” Flynn said.
The Post noted that Charles Flynn’s participation in the call “came weeks after his brother publicly suggested that President Donald Trump declare martial law and have the U.S. military oversee a redo of the election.”
However, the newspaper said there was no indication that the general shared his brother’s extreme beliefs, or that he was influenced by his brother as he performed his duties on Jan. 6.
Per the report, Flynn’s presence during the meeting made sense, given his position as the Army’s deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and training. The newspaper also noted that “Flynn, however, is not in the chain of command.”
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