Taylor Budowich, who currently serves as former President Donald Trump’s spokesman, has sued the House committee tasked with investigating the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Budowich filed the suit over access to his personal financial records.
Budowich also said he has complied with the committee so far, “including sitting for a four-hour deposition on December 22nd,” after which he returned home the next day to find a notice from his bank.
The bank, JPMorgan Chase, said it would be giving over his records to the committee unless he could legally block the subpoena by December 24 at 5 in the evening. Budowich’s lawsuit was filed on Friday, the same day as JPMorgan Chase’s deadline.
“Budowich complied with the subpoena, producing more than 1,700 pages of documents and providing roughly four hours of sworn testimony,” reads the lawsuit. Other than the panel, Budowich also sued Democratic House Speaker from California, Nancy Pelosi, as well as JPMorgan Chase.
“Democracy is under attack,” Budowich said in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday. “However, not by the people who illegally entered the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, but instead by a committee whose members walk freely in its halls every day.”
The committee issued several subpoenas in November to high-profile people connected to Trump, including Alex Jones and Roger Stone. Budowich was included as a Trump-ally as the committee cited him as having organized an advertising campaign that encouraged people to attend the January 6 rally.
The committee wrote in the subpoena that Budowich “reportedly solicited a 501c(4) organization to conduct a social media and radio advertising campaign encouraging attendance at the January 6th Ellipse rally and advancing unsupported claims about the result of the election.”