Trump spox sues Pelosi, Jan. 6 committee, for violating his constitutional rights with ‘ambush’ subpoena

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made headlines earlier this year when she tasked a special House select committee with investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Yet, while members of the committee have been busy going after witnesses, one of former President Donald Trump’s spokespeople said they’re taking legal action against the committee, claiming a violation of his constitutional rights. 

Taylor Budowich, a spokesman for former President Donald Trump, said this week that he has filed a lawsuit against the select committee, as well as the lawmakers who sit on it. Also named in the suit is Speaker Pelosi herself, Breitbart reported.

“Under attack”

“Democracy is under attack,” Budowich said in a statement he tweeted on Christmas Eve. “However, not by the people who illegally entered the Capitol on January 6, 2021, but instead by a committee whose members walk its halls freely every day.”

“By circumventing my Constitutionally-protected rights, this Committee is proving only one thing: the Constitution only applies if your political party is in charge,” he added.

Budowich went on to recall how the committee has already begun to sift through his banking history as well as other personal information.

The bank’s involvement

“After complying completely with the Committee, including sitting for a four-hour deposition on December 22nd, I returned home on December 23 only to find a notice from my banking institution, JPMorgan Chase, that they would be handing over my banking records to the committee if I did not provide a court-ordered stoppage by Dec. 24,” he said.

Budowich added that neither his bank nor the committee would furnish him with “a copy of the actual contents of the subpoena.”

He further alleged that the committee had used an “ambush” tactic by sending the subpoena close to the holidays when his opportunity to quickly respond would be limited.

It’s not the only suit

Breitbart noted that Budowich is the second witness to sue the committee, with the first being former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

In his lawsuit, Meadows alleges that the Jan. 6 committee is unlawfully constituted and that the requests it has made of him are barred by executive privilege and the separation of powers doctrine.

Only time will tell how the lawsuits end up, but it’s clear at this point that several of Trump’s associates involved in the matter are not interested in going down without one heck of a legal fight.

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