Fact-checking Jim Jordan's letter to the Jan. 6 committee
In a letter sent Sunday responding to a request to meet with the House select committee investigating January 6, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio accused the investigation of spreading misinformation "to paint a false and misleading narrative."In a letter sent Sunday responding to a request to meet with the House select committee investigating January 6, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio accused the investigation of spreading misinformation "to paint a false and misleading narrative.
© BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images US President Donald Trump arrives to speak to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images
- A District Judge said that the Jan 6. Committee could hold on to Trump's spokesman's financial records.
- Spokesman Taylor Budowich sued the Jan 6. Committee and JP Morgan in December.
- Budowich argued that the bank turned over hundreds of docs before he could challenge the subpoena.
A US District Judge rejected an attempt by former President Donald Trump's spokesperson Taylor Budowich on Thursday to retrieve hundreds of financial documents that his bank provided the House select committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021.
Jan. 6 committee rebuts challenges to its legitimacy, citing Katrina and Benghazi probes
House Counsel Douglas Letter noted that there is precedent for a select committee operating without a contingent of members appointed by the minority party. That panel, appointed over Pelosi’s objection to investigate the failures of the government response to Hurricane Katrina, was nevertheless a valid exercise of the House’s power, Letter noted. Claims that the Jan. 6 committee are invalid because it lacks GOP-appointed members fail to reckon with this precedent, he said.
Budowich and Conservative Strategies, Inc. sued the Jan. 6 committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, JP Morgan, and other individual members of the committee over a subpoena for his financial records from JP Morgan. The suit was filed on December 24 in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
Judge James Boasberg denied Budowich's motion at a hearing on Thursday, on the grounds that it's unconstitutional to request that members of Congress return subpoenaed materials.
"There really is no question that this Court has no jurisdiction to order Congress under the Speech or Debate Clause to return documents that it has received," Boasberg, an Obama-appointee, told the court, according to The Hill.
Budowich couldn't be immediately reached for comment. In December, he released a statement that "the Constitution only applies if your party is in charge" in response to the subpoena.
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In the December lawsuit, Budowich revealed that he provided the House select committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021, with at least 1,700 pages of documents and sat for "roughly four hours of sworn testimony," according to court documents.
His attorney argued that the move to subpoena the financial documents is a violation of the Financial Privacy Act and said that Budowich was unable to challenge the subpoena before JPMorgan disclosed private financial records, "despite that JPMorgan and the Select Committee had actual written and verbal notice that Plaintiffs were bringing an imminent legal challenge to the congressional subpoena."
According to the filings, Budowich also underwent a four-hour deposition with the committee and "answered questions concerning payments made and received regarding his involvement in the planning of a peaceful, lawful rally to celebrate President Trump's accomplishments."
For Oath Keepers and founder, Jan. 6 was weeks in the making
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two days after the presidential election on Nov. 2, 2020, the Oath Keepers were already convinced that victory had been stolen from President Donald Trump and members of the far-right militia group were making plans to march on the U.S. Capitol. “We aren't getting through this without a civil war,” the group's leader, Stewart Rhodes, wrote fellow members, according to court documents. “Too late for that. Prepare your mind. body. spirit.
Lawmakers on the committee are investigating whether Budowich was connected with diverting $200,000 to a nonprofit that helped organize the "Stop the Steal" rally.
"According to information provided to the Select Committee and press reports, you solicited a 501(c)(4) organization to conduct a social media and radio advertising campaign to encourage people to attend the rally held on the Ellipse in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021, in support of then-President Trump and his allegations of election fraud," Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson wrote to Budowich in November.
Over the last few months, the committee has issued subpoenas to Trump family members and confidants including Budowich, Rudy Giuliani, and Alex Jones, for their alleged roles in Jan. 6.
This week, the committee received a bulk of requested documents from Trump, after the Supreme Court rejected a request for records to be withheld.
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New York AG: No basis for Trump's lawsuit challenging probe .
NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general wants to put a stop to former President Donald Trump's attempted end-run around a yearslong civil investigation into his business practices, asking a judge Wednesday to dismiss his lawsuit aimed at halting the probe. Attorney General Letitia James argued in court papers that Trump's lawsuit, filed last month in federal court in upstate New York, is a sudden “collateral attack” on her investigation — designed in part to shield him from a recent subpoena. James, a Democrat, said there was no legal basis for Trump's lawsuit and no evidence to support the Republican's claim that the probe is purely political.