“On May 26, 2022, two FBI officers special agents clapped loudly on my door in early morning hours introduce me with fruit of poisonous tree, grand subpoena for jury duty “ordering me to obey with in original … subpoena issued to me by the Committee dated February 9, 10, 2022”, Navarro said in 88 page complaint.
The Navarro affair was randomly appointed to U.S. District Judge Randolph D. Moss, appointed by Obama in 2014 who served in Clinton Department of Justice from 1996 to 2001, including both head of office of Legal advisor who provides legal advice to the executive branch on issues such as the requirements for executive privilege.
On January 6, the committee summoned Navarro to court. in February seeks records and testimony from former trade adviser, who wrote and publicly discussed development efforts strategy delay or revoke certification of elections 2020.
Navarro replied at the time with a statement denying the committee’s request and legitimacy and accusing Pelosi of, among other things, for violence that occurred on January 6, 2021. He argued that Trump “exercised executive privilege; and it is not my privilege to refuse.
The House of Representatives then voted in April to spend Navarro and former White House Communications Chief Daniel Scavino Jr. in contempt of congress, leading to criminal appeal to the Ministry of Justice, which power charge two former officials with offenses that may result in up to one year in prison and fine of up up to $100,000.
A crowd of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 tried to stop certification of Democrat Joe Biden Election win. attack result in of death of five people and wounding about 140 members of law enforcement agencies.
Navarro is among several Trump advisers who have been subpoenaed by a special committee and are trying avoid testify by quoting Trump’s statement of executive privilege. panel It has also issued subpoenas to five Republicans in the House of Representatives, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California).
Two others former senior Trump aides in the White House put forward demands for executive privileges in cases pending by a federal judge in Washington.
Like Navarro, former head of the white house of Employees Mark Meadows sued the House committee on Jan. 6 after receiving a subpoena. Former Trump strategist Stephen K. Bannon moved to toss accusations of criminal contempt of Congress after refusing to appear before committee.
Both cases are pending before U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols, appointed by Trump in 2019. who served in George W. Bush Justice Department from 2005 to 2009, including as Chief Deputy Assistant Attorney. general in civil division.
In a February letter accompanying original Subpoena in Navarro, Rep. Benny G. Thompson (Mrs. Staff), Chairman of selection committee, cited news reports that former Trump trade adviser “worked with Steve Bannon and others will develop and implement a plan to delay Congressional certification. of and eventually change the result of 2020 presidential election.”
Letter also quoted a recent book by Navarro, in in which he detailed a plan he called “The Cleanup of Green Bay”, which he described as “last best chance snatch stolen elections from the jaws of democrats of deception”. Subpoena also described Navarro’s published report online who repeated “many claims of alleged fraud in elections that were discredited.”
Navarro said in his lawsuit against Pelosi and the committee he was assigned to testify before grand jury June 2 and present”[a]all documents relating to the February 9, 2022 subpoena” that he received from the committee, “including but not limited to any communications with formal President Trump and/or his counsel or representative.”
“As shown in In this summary, the privilege of executive authority referred to by President Trump is not mine or Joe Biden’s to relinquish,” Navarro said. “More like with Committee, the U.S. Attorney has constitutional and procedural obligations to approve my appearance [the grand jury] No with me, but rather with President Trump and his attorneys and I owe the privilege fail fulfill with this grand jury subpoena lacks those negotiations and President Trump’s direction.”
Jacqueline Alemany and Tom Hamburger contributed to this report.