Taylor Budowich, spokesman for the former President Donald Trump, filed a lawsuit Friday against the House Committee January 6 after it demanded the release of his financial records.
A subpoena was sent to JP Morgan asking the bank to release Budowich’s financial documents, according to the lawsuit, as the committee continues to investigate the January 6 Capitol riots.
The Commission is seeking information regarding the funds used in the planning of the “Stop Theft” rally on January 6, Politico reported. Budowich is also suing the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and JP Morgan Chase.
Budowich said in a statement on Friday that he had read a letter from J.P. Morgan on Thursday announcing that his bank records would be released under a subpoena unless he issues “a cease and desist order at the behest of court”.
According to the lawsuit, the letter from the bank is dated December 21.
“To add to the absurdity, neither the commission nor JP Morgan Chase will provide me with a copy of the actual content of the subpoena,” Budowich said.
The lawsuit argues that the January 6 committee failed to provide Budowich with a formal notice or sufficient time to respond to the subpoena because the courthouse was closed over Christmas weekend when he received the letter. bank notice.
“By circumventing my constitutionally protected rights, this committee is only proving one thing: the constitution only applies if your political party is in power,” Budowich added.
The lawsuit also alleges Budowich provided the commission with financial information “possibly relevant” to its investigation.
A Trump spokesman said he provided “more than 1,700 pages of documents” and “about 4 hours of sworn testimony” to the committee, including protest money trails, according to Politico.
“Any claim in JP Morgan’s subpoena that goes beyond the scope of the subpoena against Budowich personally would be unwarranted and unconstitutional,” the court filing read. “Mr Budowich has a reasonable expectation of privacy in his personal financial records.”
The House Select Committee has received objections from Trump and his supporters as it continues its investigation and subpoenas. Meanwhile, some of his allies invoked the Fifth Amendment when they stood before the council January 6.
On Thursday, Trump asked the Supreme Court to block the release of documents to the committee. He asked the judges to withhold the court’s decision authorizing the release of the White House records.
Trump’s attorney, Jesse R. Binnall, wrote in a court filing: “The limited interest the Commission may have in immediately obtaining the requested record outweighs President Trump’s interest in securing a judicial review before he suffered irreparable harm.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the House Select Committee, Representative Bennie Thompson, said in November that the panel was seeking details of the events of January 6.
“The Selection Committee is seeking information about the protests and the ensuing march to the Capitol that escalated into a violent mob that attacked the Capitol and threatened our democracy,” Thompson said. .
“We need to know who organized, planned, paid for, and received money in connection with those events, as well as the organizers’ communications with White House officials and Conference,” he added.
Newsweek contact the office of the committee members January 6 Representative Adam Schiff and Zoe Lofgren for comments.
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