House recommends criminal referrals for Trump associates Navarro and Scavino

The House of Representatives voted in favor on Wednesday refer to criminal contempt against two former Trump associates who failed to comply with subpoenas issued by the commission that… January 6, 2021 Capitol Attack† The vote was 220 to 203, largely along party lines.

The motion refers to allegations of contempt against Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino to the Justice Department after the former aides refused to comply with subpoenas to appear before the commission. Other contempt vote for Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows have already passed the House.

“To encounter this kind of obstruction…while investigating a violent insurgency is just despicable,” the committee chair, Deputy Bennie Thompson, said ahead of the vote. “Can’t stand it.”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the Jan. 6 House committee, said before the vote that Scavino was showing “contempt for the law and contempt for Congress” by refusing to comply with the subpoena.

It is entirely up to the DOJ to decide what to do with the references. the Ministry of Justice Bannon charged in November with two counts of contempt for Congress, and his trial starts in July† The Justice Department has not yet filed charges against Meadows.

Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro

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In a recent report, the Jan. 6 commission accused Navarro, a former Trump trade adviser, of collaborating with Bannon and others “to develop and implement a plan to delay Congressional certification and ultimately eliminate the outcome of the November 2020 presidential election.” Scavino was the ex-president’s social media guru and deputy chief of staff, and a long-time aide to the president, even before the White House. The committee claims they have “reason to believe that Mr. Scavino was with then-President Trump on Jan. 5 and 6, participating in talks about plans to challenge, disrupt or impede official congressional proceedings.”

Rep. Liz Cheney, the commission’s vice chair, said ahead of the vote: “The president’s claims made by Donald Trump were so frivolous and so baseless that the president’s lead attorney not only lost these cases, he also lost his License to Practice The New York Supreme Court ruled, citing: “there is undisputed evidence that Mr. Giuliani has demonstrably communicated false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the general public in his capacity as an attorney for Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign related to Trump’s failed attempt in 2020′”

Scavino and Navarro have cited administrative law as to why they cannot appear, something President Biden has rejected. Thompson has also said administrative law cannot be claimed without at least showing up.

Navarro responded in a statement: “President Trump has exercised the privilege of executive power, it is not my privilege to relinquish, and the right course of action would have been had the commission negotiated this matter directly with the president, as I instructed them. , the Committee has colluded with Biden’s White House in a futile attempt to strip Donald Trump of his administrative powers so that he can force me to participate in their witch hunt. This witch hunt will not hunt the Supreme Court, and I look forward to discussing the matter there.”

Some Democratic lawmakers have come to express frustration with the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland for failing to act on charges against Trump allies related to Jan. 6.

“Attorney General Garland, do your job so we can do ours,” Deputy Elaine Luria, a Virginia Democrat and select committee member, said last week.

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