Trump Spokesman Taylor Budowich Sues to Block 1/6 Committee From His Financial Records

Taylor Budowich, spokesman for former President Donald Trump, filed a lawsuit on Friday against the January 6 House Committee after it requested the disclosure of his financial records.

A subpoena was sent to J.P. Morgan requiring the bank to release Budowich's financial documents, according to the lawsuit, as the committee continues to investigate the January 6 Capitol riots.

The committee is seeking information concerning the source of funds used in planning the "Stop the Steal" rally on January 6, Politico reported. Budowich is also suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and J.P. Morgan Chase.

Budowich said in a statement on Friday that he read a letter from J.P. Morgan on Thursday notifying him that his banking records will be released in compliance with the subpoena unless he provided a "court-ordered stoppage."

The letter from the bank was dated Dec. 21, according to the lawsuit.

"To add to the absurdity neither the committee, nor JP Morgan Chase will provide me with a copy of the actual contents of the subpoena," Budowich said.

The lawsuit argued that the January 6 committee didn't provide Budowich a formal notice or enough time to respond to the subpoena as the court had closed for the Christmas weekend when he received the bank's notice letter.

"By circumventing my constitutionally-protected rights, this committee is proving only one thing: the constitution only applies if your political party is in charge," Budowich added.

The lawsuit also alleged that Budowich already provided the committee with the financial information that "could possibly be relevant" to its investigation.

Trump's spokesman said he had already provided "more than 1,700 pages of documents" and "roughly four hours of sworn testimony" to the committee, including rally money trail, according to Politico.

"Any requests in the JP Morgan subpoena that exceed the scope of the subpoena served personally on Mr. Budowich would lack pertinency and violate the constitution," the court filing read. "Mr. Budowich has a reasonable expectation of privacy in his personal financial records."

The House Select Committee has been receiving pushback from Trump and his supporters as it continues its probe and subpoenas. Meanwhile, some of his allies invoked the Fifth Amendment as they stood before the January 6 panel.

On Thursday, Trump asked the Supreme Court to block the release of documents to the committee. He asked the justices to put a hold on a court decision that would allow disclosure of White House records.

"The limited interest the Committee may have in immediately obtaining the requested records pales in comparison to President Trump's interest in securing judicial review before he suffers irreparable harm," Trump's attorney, Jesse R. Binnall, wrote in a court filing.

Trump Spokesman sues Jan 6 committee
Taylor Budowich, former President Donald Trump's spokesperson, said that he read a letter from J.P. Morgan Chase notifying him that his banking records will be released in compliance with the subpoena unless he provided a “court-ordered stoppage.” Above, Representative Bennie Thompson (center), chair of the Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack, speaks during a business meeting on Capitol Hill on Dec. 13. Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Meanwhile, the House Select Committee's chairman, Representative Bennie Thompson, said in November that the panel is seeking details of the January 6 events.

"The Select Committee is seeking information about the rallies and subsequent march to the Capitol that escalated into a violent mob attacking the Capitol and threatening our democracy," Thompson said.

"We need to know who organized, planned, paid for, and received funds related to those events, as well as what communications organizers had with officials in the White House and Congress," he added.

Newsweek contacted the offices of January 6 Committee members Representatives Adam Schiff and Zoe Lofgren for comments.