Peter Navarro slapped with grand jury subpoena associated to Capitol riot

White Home commerce adviser Peter Navarro pauses whereas talking after a tv interview on the White Home, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Washington. (G3 Field Information Picture/Alex Brandon) Alex Brandon/G3 Field Information

Peter Navarro slapped with grand jury subpoena associated to Capitol riot

Victor I. Nava

Might 31, 12:43 AM Might 31, 12:49 AM

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Former White Home adviser Peter Navarro mentioned on Monday that he was served with a federal grand jury subpoena associated to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The previous commerce adviser to President Donald Trump mentioned he acquired the subpoena from the FBI brokers on Thursday of final week looking for to compel his testimony in entrance of a federal grand jury on Thursday, June 2. Federal prosecutors are looking for information from Navarro associated to the Jan. 6 Capitol final yr, together with “any communications” with Trump. Navarro disclosed the existence of the subpoena in a draft lawsuit that he intends to file towards members of the Home Jan. 6 choose committee, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and U.S. Lawyer for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves.

“On Might 26, 2022, two FBI particular brokers banged loudly on my door within the early morning hours to current me with a fruit of the toxic tree,” Navarro mentioned within the draft lawsuit, describing the second he says he was served with the subpoena.


Navarro, 72, mentioned the grand jury subpoena is “commanding me to adjust to the unique extremely vires, unlawful and unenforceable subpoena issued to me by the Committee dated February 9, 10 2022.”

The previous Trump aide mentioned the grand jury subpoena was signed by Graves and ignores “all claims of government privilege and testimonial immunity whereas commanding me to testify earlier than” the grand jury in D.C. on Thursday.

In keeping with Navarro, the subpoena asks for “‘all paperwork referring to the subpoena dated February 9, 2022’ that I ‘acquired from the Home Choose Committee to research the January 6, 2021, assault on the US Capitol, together with however not restricted to any communications with formal President Trump and/or his counsel or consultant.'”

Navarro’s lawsuit seeks a choose to declare the Jan. 6 committee “neither duly licensed nor correctly constituted,” and thus prohibited from issuing subpoenas. The grievance seeks a declaratory judgment towards President Joe Biden “that he doesn’t have the authorized authority to waive any government privilege or testimonial immunity invoked by his predecessor on this case.” He describes the grad jury subpoena he says he acquired on Might 26 as “by-product” of the choose committee’s subpoena from February.

The Home in April beneficial that the Justice Division cost Navarro with contempt of Congress for his refusal to testify to the Jan. 6 committee in February.

Navarro will symbolize himself within the lawsuit, which is dated June 1, the date he’ll presumably file it in court docket. The draft lawsuit didn’t comprise a replica of the alleged Might 26 subpoena.

Navarro, the previous director of the Workplace of Commerce and Manufacturing Coverage, notably labored to swing the end result of the 2020 election in Trump’s favor after he was defeated by President Joe Biden. Navarro issued a number of experiences claiming that Democratic operatives “stole” the election from Trump, highlighting alleged voting irregularities “greater than enough” to overturn the outcomes of the election.

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Earlier this yr, Navarro distanced himself from one in all his former aides, Garrett Ziegler, who allegedly arrange an Oval Workplace assembly with Trump to debate utilizing the army to grab voting machines following the 2020 election.

“He was working off the reservation and never at my route,” Navarro instructed MSNBC in February in regards to the reported assembly.

The Washington Examiner has reached out to Peter Navarro for remark.

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