House to vote on criminal remands for Trump Navarro and Scavino aides

The House is due to vote on Wednesday on a motion to dismiss criminal contempt charges against two former Trump aides who did not comply with the subpoenas of the committee of investigation into the January 6, 2021 Assault on the Capitol.

If passed, the motion would return the contempt charges against Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino at the Department of Justice, after former aides refused to comply with subpoenas to appear before the committee. Further contempt votes for steve bannon and mark the meadows have already passed the House.

“To come up against this kind of obstruction…as we investigate a violent insurgency is simply despicable,” committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson said during a House debate. “It does not support”

If the contempt motion against Navarro and Scavino passes, it would be up to the DOJ to decide what to do with the dismissals. The Ministry of Justice Bannon loaded in November with two counts of contempt of Congress, and his trial is due to start in July. The Justice Department has not yet acted on the charges against Meadows.

In a recent report, the Jan. 6 committee accused Navarro, a former Trump trade adviser, of working with Bannon and others “to develop and implement a plan to delay congressional certification and ultimately change the outcome. of the November 2020 presidential election.” Scavino was the former president’s social media guru and deputy chief of staff, and a longtime aide to the president even before the White House. The committee says it has “reason to believe that Mr. Scavino was with then-President Trump on January 5 and 6 and participated in conversations regarding plans to challenge, disrupt, or obstruct official congressional proceedings.”

Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro

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Scavino and Navarro cited executive privilege for why they can’t appear, which President Biden has dismissed. Thompson also said executive privilege cannot be claimed without at least showing up.

Some Democratic lawmakers have begun expressing frustration with the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland for not following up on indictments against Trump allies tied to Jan. 6.

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

Contempt motions only need a majority of House members to be referred to the Department of Justice.

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