Peter Navarro summoned to appear in the January 6 investigation

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Former Trump White House official Peter Navarro has been subpoenaed by the Justice Department as part of the investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob .

Navarro, who was Trump’s trade adviser, revealed the subpoena on Tuesday in a lawsuit he filed against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the House bipartisan committee investigating the attack. .

“On May 26, 2022, two FBI special agents knocked loudly on my door in the early hours of the morning to present me with a fruit from the poisonous tree,” a grand jury subpoena “ordering me to comply with the ‘original…subpoena issued to me by the Committee dated 9 Feb 10 2022’, Navarro said in the 88-page complaint.

Navarro’s case was randomly assigned to U.S. District Judge Randolph D. Moss, an Obama appointee in 2014 who served in Clinton’s Justice Department from 1996 to 2001, including as Chief of the Bureau of the legal adviser, who provides legal advice to the executive. issues that executive privilege claims.

The Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed Navarro in February to search for records and testimony from the former trade adviser, who wrote and publicly discussed efforts to strategize to delay or uncertify the 2020 election.

Navarro responded at the time with a statement denying the committee’s request and legitimacy and blaming Pelosi, among others, for the violence that occurred on January 6, 2021. He argued that Trump “claimed executive privilege; and it is not my privilege to renounce.

The House then voted in April to hold Navarro and former White House communications chief Daniel Scavino Jr. in defiance of Congress, leading to criminal referrals to the Justice Department, which has the power to charge the two former officials with misdemeanors that could result in up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

The pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 was trying to prevent Democrat Joe Biden from being certified as an election victory. The attack killed five people and injured around 140 law enforcement personnel.

Navarro is among several Trump advisers who have been subpoenaed by the select committee and are seeking to avoid testifying by citing Trump’s claim of executive privilege. The panel also issued subpoenas to five House Republicans, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California).

Two other former senior Trump aides in the White House have raised claims of executive privilege in pending cases before a federal judge in Washington.

Like Navarro, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sued the House committee on January 6 after receiving a subpoena. Former Trump strategist Stephen K. Bannon decided to file criminal contempt of Congress charges after refusing to appear before the committee.

Both cases are before U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols, a 2019 Trump appointee who served in George W. Bush’s Justice Department from 2005 to 2009, including as assistant deputy attorney general. principal in the civil division.

In a February letter accompanying Navarro’s original subpoena, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the select committee, cited reports that the former Trump trade adviser “worked with Steve Bannon and others to develop and implement a plan to delay congressional certification and ultimately change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.”

The letter also cited Navarro’s recent book, in which he detailed a plan he called “The Green Bay Sweep,” which he described as “the last best chance to snatch an election stolen from the deceptive jaws of the Democrats.” The subpoena also described a Navarro report posted online that repeated “numerous allegations of alleged election fraud that have been discredited.”

Navarro said in his lawsuit against Pelosi and the committee that he was assigned to testify before a grand jury on June 2 and today”[a]all documents relating to the subpoena dated February 9, 2022 “that he received from the committee, “including, but not limited to, any communication with official President Trump and/or his attorney or representative.”

“As demonstrated in this brief, the executive privilege asserted by President Trump is not mine or Joe Biden’s to waive,” Navarro argued. “Instead, as with the Committee, the U.S. Attorney has constitutional and due process obligations to negotiate my appearance before [the grand jury] not with me but rather with President Trump and his attorneys and I am bound by privilege not to comply with this grand jury subpoena in the absence of these negotiations and the advice of President Trump.

Jacqueline Alemany and Tom Hamburger contributed to this report.

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