Navarro, 72, charged with one the contempt count associated with his refusal to appear for according to the US Attorney’s Office, a testimony and another related to his refusal to provide documents to the committee. for Washington. accusations against Navarro, Mr. second former Trump adviser face criminal accusations in connection with rejecting the committee reflect those wanted by the House of Representatives and served by the US. prosecutors in november against former White House Counsel Stephen K. Bannon after he, too, refused to appear or produce paperwork for the committee.
The indictment was returned on Thursday and unsealed on Friday, and Navarro is due to make his first appearance this afternoon. in US District Court for area of Colombia.
On January 6, the committee summoned Navarro to court. on February 9 in search of records and testimonies former trade adviser, who wrote and publicly discussed development efforts strategy delay or revoke certification of elections 2020.
In its agenda, the special committee stated that reason believe that Navarro information relevant to his investigation. Navarro, former presidential adviser on various trade and production policy, was private citizen since leaving the White House on January 20, 2021
Steve Bannon charged with refusing to comply with Committee agenda dated January 6
Prosecutors claimed Navarro did not communicate at all with commissions upon receipt of the summons. The day after the February 23 deadline for documents passed, Navarro emailed in reply to the reminder of the committee, which says in part, “President Trump invoked executive privilege in this case…. Accordingly, my hands are tied,” the indictment says.
When the committee said that several topics raised no concerns about executive privilege, Navarro responded: on February 28, said that this privilege is “not mine to refuse”, and said that the committee should directly negotiate with Trump and his lawyers prosecutors said.
Both Navarro and Bannon are indicted grand jury in Washington is rare move Ministry of Justice to escalate the consequences of congressional dispute by bringing criminal accusations. Every charge against two men bears maximum sentence of one year in jail. Accusations won’t get Navarro to talk. Lawyers think Congress could sue to try effect that result, hoping that the judge will detain Navarro in civil disrespect and jail him until he cooperated.
The department has not yet acted on congressional recommendations for accusations against former Trump chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Communications Director Daniel Scavino Jr.
Presidents usually sought to protect current as well as former aides from having to testify before Congress, and the Department of Justice in recent history refused to bring criminal cases against current as well as former officials following Congressional contempt of court findings. In 2008, for for example, the agency denied the allegations against Chief of President George W. Bush of staff, Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Myers, who resisted subpoenas over controversial forced resignations of US lawyers. In 2012 the department declined file a criminal case for self-disrespect against Attorney General Eric Holder, who refused to turn over some documents about the so-called “Fast and the Furious” scandal wrong.
Committee set open public television hearings next week, while Bannon, who pleaded not guilty set for court until mid-July.