Michael Flynn's sister-in-law sued CNN for $100 million, accusing it of falsely linking her to QAnon

Michael Flynn's sister-in-law sued CNN for $100 million, accusing it of falsely linking her to QAnon
Michael Flynn and his family, including Valerie, during a Fourth of July barbecue in Newport County, Rhode Island. This screenshot was provided in Valerie Flynn's complaint.CNN
  • Michael Flynn's sister-in-law filed a $100 million lawsuit against CNN on Wednesday.
  • Valerie Flynn accused CNN of defaming her "untarnished" name by linking her to QAnon.

The sister-in-law of former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn sued CNN for $100 million, accusing the network of falsely linking her to the QAnon conspiracy theory, court documents show.

In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday at the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Valerie Flynn focused on a segment that aired last February and featured the CNN correspondent Donie O'Sullivan attending a QAnon meeting in Arizona.

During the segment, CNN cut to a separate video of the Flynn family — including Valerie — at a Fourth of July barbecue in Newport County, Rhode Island, the lawsuit said.

The CNN segment showed the family with their hands raised as Michael Flynn is heard saying the popular QAnon chant, "Where we go one, we go all," the lawsuit said.

But according to the suit, the original video showed members of the Flynn family, including Valerie, individually taking an oath to the Constitution, before Flynn said the QAnon phrase.


"Each family member repeated the phrase, as they had repeated each line of the oath to the US Constitution," the lawsuit said. "The entire family then exclaimed, 'God Bless America.'"

The suit claimed that CNN "selectively edited and altered" the segment so it did not include the oath to the Constitution nor "God Bless America" — "fraudulently making it appear and insinuating that Valerie pledged an oath of allegiance to QAnon."

The filing said that Valerie was personally not a QAnon follower and that CNN's video "subjected her to "hatred, distrust, ridicule, contempt, and disgrace" in her community.

"Until she was egregiously defamed by CNN, Valerie enjoyed an untarnished reputation," the lawsuit said.

CNN did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.


Flynn, a retired three-star general who once led former President Donald Trump's Defence Intelligence Agency, appeared at a QAnon conference in May last year, the Independent reported.

But in November, Flynn told disgraced attorney Lin Wood in a recorded phone call that QAnon was "total nonsense" and said he believed it was a "disinformation campaign" sponsored by the CIA.

QAnon is a right-wing conspiracy theory that alleges Trump is fighting a "deep state" cabal of human traffickers.