Ex-Trump aide Peter Navarro says he’s been subpoenaed for Jan. 6 documents

Former Trump financial adviser Peter Navarro stated he has been subpoenaed to testify earlier than a federal grand jury this week and switch over documents associated to the Jan. 6 riot, together with “any communications with formal President Trump and/or his counsel or consultant.”

Navarro made the declare in a lawsuit he filed Tuesday in opposition to the House committee investigating the assault on the U.S. Capitol. The grievance, which Navarro shared with NBC News forward of its submitting in Washington. D.C. federal court docket, says the committee’s personal subpoena to him is “illegal and unenforceable” and ought to be thrown out by a choose.

The House voted to refer Navarro to the Department of Justice on a prison contempt of Congress cost final month after he snubbed the House committee’s subpoena for testimony and documents.

In his 88-page lawsuit, first reported by The New York Times, Navarro stated that final week “two FBI particular brokers banged loudly on my door within the early morning hours to current me with a fruit of the toxic tree grand jury subpoena” commanding that he testify earlier than and hand documents over to a grand jury on Thursday.

Because the federal subpoena relies on the House subpoena, Navarro argues it is tainted and ought to be thrown out by the choose as effectively. He didn’t instantly reply when requested if he would adjust to the grand jury subpoena.

Among Navarro’s authorized arguments within the submitting is that he cannot be compelled to talk as a result of former President Donald Trump has not waived government privilege about their communications. That argument has been mocked by members of the House panel, who’ve famous that Navarro  has publicly boasted about plans to upend the 2020 election outcomes, and even printed a ebook final yr through which he referred to the plan because the ‘‘Green Bay Sweep.’’ Navarro stated his technique “was designed because the ‘final, greatest probability to grab a stolen election from the Democrats’ jaws of deceit.’’’

Navarro stated the plan was to have lawmakers on Capitol Hill debate the electoral outcomes from six swing states within the hope of getting Congress declare the outcomes to be in dispute. That would set the stage for the House to pick out the president based mostly on every congressional delegation getting one vote. Since Republicans managed extra state delegations than Democrats, Navarro’s plan assumed that Trump would obtain a second time period in workplace. Navarro has stated that Trump was “on board with the technique.”

It’s unclear which grand jury subpoenaed Navarro. Last month, Ali Alexander, who helped set up a sequence of pro-Trump occasions in November and December of 2020 after President Joe Biden gained the election, stated he’d been cooperating with a federal grand jury in search of data linked to rallies held by Trump supporters in Washington.

 

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