Trump’s spokesman said he had cooperated with a US House panel polling Jan.6


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An explosion caused by police ammunition is seen as supporters of US President Donald Trump revolt outside the United States Capitol in Washington, United States on January 6, 2021. REUTERS / Leah Millis / File Photo

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WASHINGTON, Dec.24 (Reuters) – A current spokesperson for former US President Donald Trump said in a court filing Friday that he had cooperated extensively with the Congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan.6 attack on the US Capitol.

Spokesman Taylor Budowich said in a lawsuit filed in federal court in the District of Columbia that he produced more than 1,700 pages of documents and provided about four hours of sworn testimony to the panel of the House of Representatives.

Budowich, in a recent deposition, answered questions about funding and planning a Trump speech to supporters near the White House on January 6 that preceded the violence on Capitol Hill that day.

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Budowich’s lawsuit sought a court order preventing the House committee from accessing his financial records at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

“The subpoena targets personal financial documents which are irrelevant to any conceivable legislation and are irrelevant to the purported purpose of the select committee,” Budowich said in the lawsuit.

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

Budowich’s lawsuit is the latest in a flood of litigation brought by committee targets seeking to prevent him from carrying out his subpoenas for information, but it is the first lawsuit 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 that his subpoenas for their testimony are therefore illegal.

An appeals court rejected that argument, ruling on Dec. 9 that the committee was valid and had the right to see White House records that Trump had tried to protect from the public. Trump appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.

The committee issued more than 50 subpoenas and heard from more than 300 witnesses as part of its investigation into the attack.

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Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Mary Milliken, Robert Birsel

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