(NEXSTAR) – An event planner helping with events commemorating the late Senator Bob Dole has been removed from his post due to his alleged involvement in the events surrounding the January 6 insurgency on Capitol Hill, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation has confirmed.
Tim Unes, who previously worked for Dole during the senator’s 1996 presidential candidacy, was fired on Wednesday.
“Tim Unes served as the advance staff for the late Senator Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign,” said Steven Schwab, spokesperson for the Dole family and CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, in a statement shared with Nexstar.
“With a large network of former employees, Mr. Unes volunteered his time to be part of the preparatory team for this week’s commemorative events in honor of Senator Dole. Yesterday, I informed Senator Elizabeth Dole of Mr Unes’ alleged involvement in the events of January 6, 2021. Senator Dole was previously unaware of her participation and has terminated her volunteer role.
Unes, currently president of an event planning company called Event Strategies, Inc., was one of 11 event planners and rally planners subpoenaed in late September by the state House of Representatives select committee. United, Reuters reported at the time. Specifically, the select committee was investigating Unes’ alleged involvement as “stage manager” of a rally on the Ellipse just south of the White House, which then-President Trump addressed. to partisans on January 6 shortly before the attack on the United States. Capitol.
As described on his company website, Unes also “produced the Donald Trump campaign announcement tour and helped the campaign establish its operations division and standards” in 2015, before finally joining the campaign. in 2016. “While there he worked on Trump events and developed and led the Gov. Mike Pence advance operation,” the website read.
Unes’ specific role or functions in memorial services for Senator Dole have not been disclosed by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.
Senator Dole, who died Sunday at the age of 98, rests Thursday in the rotunda of the United States Capitol.