— The Elizabeth Dole Foundation confirms it has severed ties with event organizer Tim Unes who was working on funeral arrangements for the late Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole due to Unes’ alleged role in the organization of the January 6 “Stop the Steal” rally, which ultimately led to the storming of the United States Capitol.

According to a source close to the events, Unes’ role in Dole’s funeral was of sufficient concern to some high-level personnel on the Hill that representatives for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell contacted someone close to the Dole family to discuss it. It was agreed that Unes did not need to be involved.

The select committee investigating the Capitol Hill riot had contacted Unes on September 29 to ask it to appear and hand over documents for its investigation into the January 6 attack. In their letter seeking his cooperation, the committee wrote that in the documents preceding the rally at the Ellipse, Unes had been listed as a “stage manager”.

“You helped organize the rally held on the Ellipse in Washington,” the committee wrote.

Steve Schwab, a spokesperson for the Dole family, said in a statement to CNN, “Tim Unes served as a senior aide to the late Senator Bob Dole’s presidential campaign in 1996.”

“Along with an extensive network of former employees, Mr. Unes volunteered his time to be part of the advance team for this week’s memorial events honoring Senator Dole. Yesterday I informed Senator Elizabeth Dole of Mr. Unes’ alleged involvement in the events of January 6, 2021,” Schwab said, adding, “Senator Dole was previously unaware of his involvement and has terminated his volunteer role.”

CNN has contacted Unes, but has not yet received a response.

The New York Times was first to report the story.

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