Judge dismisses Trump spokesman’s efforts to recover hundreds of January 6 committee financial documents

US President Donald Trump arrives to speak to supporters at the Ellipse near the White House on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

  • A district judge said the Jan. 6 committee could keep the Trump spokesman’s financial records.

  • Spokesperson Taylor Budowich sued the January 6 Committee and JP Morgan in December.

  • Budowich argued that the bank had turned over hundreds of documents before it could challenge the subpoena.

A U.S. District Judge on Thursday rejected an attempt by former President Donald Trump’s spokesperson, Taylor Budowich, to retrieve hundreds of financial documents his bank had provided to the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021.

Budowich and Conservative Strategies, Inc. sued the Jan. 6 Committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, JP Morgan and other individual committee members for a subpoena over its JP Morgan financial records. The lawsuit was filed Dec. 24 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Judge James Boasberg denied Budowich’s motion in a hearing Thursday, on the grounds that it is unconstitutional to ask members of Congress to dismiss subpoenaed documents.

“There is no question that this Court has no jurisdiction to order Congress under the speech or debate clause to return the documents it received,” said Boasberg, an Obama appointee. , in court, according to The Hill.

Budowich could not immediately be reached for comment. In December, he issued a statement that “the Constitution only applies if your party is in charge” in response to the subpoena.

In the December trial, Budowich revealed that he provided the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021, with at least 1,700 pages of documents and that he sat for “approximately four hours of testimony under oath”. according to court documents.

His lawyer argued that the decision to subpoena the financial documents was a violation of the Financial Privacy Act and said Budowich was unable to challenge the subpoena before JPMorgan disclosed private financial records, “despite JPMorgan and the select committee having received written and verbal notice that the plaintiffs are bringing an impending legal challenge to the congressional subpoena.”

According to the filings, Budowich also underwent a four-hour deposition to the committee and “answered questions regarding payments made and received regarding his involvement in planning a peaceful and lawful gathering to celebrate President Trump’s accomplishments.” .

Lawmakers on the committee are investigating whether Budowich was connected to the diversion of $200,000 to a nonprofit that helped organize the “Stop the Steal” rally.

“According to information provided to the Select Committee and press reports, you have solicited a 501(c)(4) organization to conduct a social media and radio advertising campaign to encourage people to attend the rally held on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021, in support of then-President Trump and his allegations of voter fraud,” committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson wrote in Budowich in November.

In recent months, the committee has issued subpoenas to Trump family members and confidants, including Budowich, Rudy Giuliani and Alex Jones, for their alleged roles on Jan. 6.

This week, the committee received much of the documents requested by Trump, after the Supreme Court denied a request to withhold documents.

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