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The House is expected to vote on Wednesday on the dismissals of two former Trump advisers to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress

“These two men have refused to comply with the subpoenas in any way,” Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who chairs the committee, told the House Rules Committee on Monday.

Scavino used a series of delaying tactics to prevent any kind of substantial cooperation with his investigation, according to the committee, which argues he never made a substantial commitment and therefore violated his subpoena. Scavino is one of Trump’s closest and most staunch allies, having served in the administration from start to finish and as one of his earliest campaign staffers.

He was intimately involved with Trump’s social media, often posting messages to Trump supporters on behalf of the then president. The committee believes that Scavino is aware of the meetings and details of events leading up to and on January 6, 2021, including strategy sessions that were directly related to Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. .

The committee cited news reports that discuss Scavino stalking the website “TheDonald.win,” which their report describes as an “online forum frequented by individuals who openly advocated and planned violence in the weeks leading up to January 6.” .

Scavino has always disputed his need to testify, according to a March 25 letter from his attorney Stanley Brand to the White House, which Brand provided to CNN on Sunday.

The letter referred legal questions to the Biden administration, which had determined that it would not shield any of Scavino’s testimony.

Scavino, however, argued that the law is not yet settled on whether the current president can waive privilege over all testimony, including Scavino’s conversations with Trump, particularly whether Trump can claim privilege. secrecy itself.

The committee accused Navarro, a former White House trade adviser, of making no effort to comply with his request for a subpoena, saying Navarro made it clear he was unable to cooperate because Trump had asserted executive privilege in the matter.

The committee objected to Navarro’s use of executive privilege, citing for example that many of the topics he wanted to discuss with him he had already written about in detail in his book.

Navarro has been very public about his attempts to work with the Trump campaign to overturn the 2020 election. In his book, he details a plan called “Green Bay Sweep”, which involved convincing the heads of state of several swing states to question election results with the aim of delaying and possibly preventing certification.

In a statement to CNN, Navarro responded to the committee’s contempt report filing by saying he believed President Joe Biden lacked the capacity to waive Trump’s executive privilege in his case. He also claimed that the committee’s investigation was based on a misconception that the 2020 presidential election was “free and fair”.

“My position remains that it is not my executive privilege to waive and the Committee should negotiate this matter with President Trump,” Navarro said in a statement. “If he waives the privilege, I will be happy to obey; but I see no effort on the part of the Committee to clarify this matter with President Trump, which is bad faith and bad law.”

GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who serves as the committee’s vice chair, said Tuesday, “There’s no legal standard that you can just say, ‘I’m not coming because someone told me. said not to, “even if that person is the former president of the United States.”

If both remands are rejected by the House, they will be sent to the Justice Department, which will decide whether there is enough evidence to prosecute. The committee advanced three previous criminal referrals.

The first House remand, for former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, was picked up by the Justice Department and led to an impeachment of Bannon. He faces a criminal trial this summer.
The Justice Department is still considering the contempt removal of former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, which the full House voted on in December. Scavino was initially subpoenaed along with Bannon and Meadows.
A third contempt review, for former DOJ staffer Jeffrey Clark, was rejected by the committee but not presented to the House after Clark agreed to meet with the committee. Clark sat down for an interview but pleaded the Fifth Amendment more than 100 times.

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