Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Trump spokesman says he cooperated with US House panel probe on Jan. 6

WASHINGTON – A current spokesman for former US President Donald Trump said in a court filing on Friday that he has cooperated extensively with a congressional committee investigating the deadly January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

The spokesman, Taylor Budovich, said in a lawsuit filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, that he submitted more than 1,700 pages of documents and provided nearly four hours of sworn testimony to a House of Representatives panel.

Budovich, in a recent statement, answered questions about the funding and planning of a speech by Trump to supporters near the White House on January 6 that preceded the violence at the Capitol that day.

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Budovich’s lawsuit sought a court order to block the House committee at JPMorgan Chase & Company from gaining access to his financial records.

“The summons seeks personal financial material that is irrelevant to any conceivable law and is not related to any alleged purpose of the selection committee,” Budovich said in the lawsuit.

A spokesman for the January 6 select committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Budovich’s lawsuit is the latest in a flood of litigation by the committee’s goals to prevent the enforcement of its summons for information, but it is the first to focus on a subpoena for financial records.

This week, former Trump adviser Michael Flynn and right-wing radio host Alex Jones filed separate lawsuits, alleging that the select committee was not legally constituted and therefore their summons to testify is unlawful. .

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An appeals court has rejected that argument, ruling on December 9 that the committee was legitimate and entitled to see White House records Trump tried to protect from public view. Trump appealed against that decision in the US Supreme Court on Thursday.

The committee has issued more than 50 summons and heard from more than 300 witnesses in its investigation of the attack.

(Reporting by Jane Wolfe; Editing by Mary Milliken, Robert Birsel)

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