Trump spokesman sues Jan 6 committee over financial records

“The select committee is wrongly seeking to force Mr. Budowich’s financial institution to provide the select committee with private banking information that it does not have the legal authority to seek and obtain,” argued the trial. Budowich.

He filed a lawsuit in United States District Court for the District of Columbia with Conservative Strategies, Inc., which is described as “a California for-profit corporation.” Budowich is identified in the file as its “sole owner”.

The committee, which is chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Is seeking information from Budowich regarding the source of funds for planning and promoting the January 6 rally that directly preceded the Capitol riots.

“According to the information provided to the select committee and from press articles,” the committee wrote to it on November 22, “you requested a 501 (c) 4 organization to carry out an advertising campaign on social networks and on the radio. to encourage people to attend the rally. held on the Ellipse in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021, in support of then-President Trump and his allegations of voter fraud. The select committee has reason to believe that your efforts are to send 501 (c) (4) organizations approximately $ 200,000 from one or more sources that were not disclosed to the organization to pay for the advertising campaign. . “

During his testimony, Budowich said in the trial, he answered questions about “his involvement in planning a peaceful and legal rally to celebrate President Trump’s accomplishments.”

Budowich was subpoenaed to appear on the same day as two prominent and very vocal allies of Trump, Roger Stone and Alex Jones.

As has become common in these lawsuits, Budowich argued that the committee is illegitimate for a number of reasons.

“The select committee acts in the absence of any valid legislative power and threatens to violate long-standing principles of the separation of powers by exercising a law enforcement function in the absence of the authority to do so.” , argued his complaint.

He also argued, as others have, that the committee lacks authority because Pelosi nominated two Republicans to the panel without the approval of Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy – the only two Republicans. of the panel.

Budowich explored these themes in a report he issued after his trial was leaked.

“Democracy is under attack. However, not by the people who entered the Capitol illegally on January 6, 2021, but rather by a committee whose members roam freely in its halls every day, ”he said.

Kyle Cheney contributed to this report.

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