After declining to appear before a House committee looking into the disturbance in the nation’s capital on January 6, Peter Navarro, a former White House official, was charged with contempt in June.
Months have passed since the arrest of former White House advisor Steve Bannon.
Navarro was charged with omission to appear for a House committee hearing in addition to one count of contempt. He is also accused of not turning over papers that the committee had asked for. He was taken into custody by federal agents, who then presented him to a federal judge in Washington.
According to a court document, Peter Navarro is being sued by the Justice Department for emails he wrote while serving as the former president Donald Trump’s trade adviser.
“The DOJ alleges that Navarro used at least one non-official email account to send and receive messages constituting presidential records, according to documents filed Wednesday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,” according to Newsmax.
According to a court document filed on Wednesday, “While serving in the White House, Mr. Navarro used at least one non-official email account — an account hosted by the non-official service ProtonMail — to send and receive messages constituting Presidential records.”
“Mr. Navarro did not copy each email or message constituting Presidential records that was sent or received on his non-official account or accounts to his official government email account.”
The National Archives and Records Administration was contacted by Navarro over those communications that were handled inappropriately, according to the DOJ.
According to the filing, electronic communications transmitted to non-official accounts for official purposes are deemed presidential records and must be forwarded to official accounts within 20 days of sending.
Additionally, the department claimed that Navarro when contacted by DOJ lawyers “refused to return any Presidential records that he retained absent a grant of immunity for the act of returning such documents.”
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“Mr. Navarro is wrongfully retaining Presidential records that are the property of the United States, and which constitute part of the permanent historical record of the prior administration,” according to the filing.
An attorney for Navarro, John Irving, and another attorney, John Rowley, responded to the DOJ’s claim in an interview with The Hill.
“Mr. Navarro has never refused to provide records to the government,” said his lawyers to The Hill. “As detailed in our recent letter to the Archives, Mr. Navarro instructed his lawyers to preserve all such records, and he expects the government to follow standard processes in good faith to allow him to produce records. Instead, the government chose to file its lawsuit today.” CONTINUE READING…