Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves some criminal charges in relation to January 6,2021 insurrection at the Capitol.
The House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection on the Capitol released a report on Sunday laying out reasons to charge two allies of former President Donald Trump with criminal contempt of Congress for their participation in efforts to overturn the 2020 election and their subsequent refusal to comply with the panel’s subpoenas.
In a 34 page report, the panel argued that the allies Peter Navarro, a former White House adviser, and Dan Scavino Jr., a former deputy chief of staff were closely involved in efforts to keep Trump in power even after he lost decisively at the polls. The committee is set to hold a public vote on whether to recommend the charges on Monday. A contempt of Congress charge carries a penalty of up to a year in jail. A recommendation from the panel would send the matter to the full House, which would then have to vote to refer the charge to the Justice Department.
Navarro and Scavino are among a handful of Trump’s closest allies who have refused to sit for interviews or turn over documents even as more than 750 witnesses including other top White House officials have complied with the committee’s requests. The committee issued a subpoena to Navarro, but he said he would not comply, citing Trump’s invocation of executive privilege over White House materials from his time in office.
The committee has sought Scavino’s testimony since September, when it issued him a subpoena. The panel said it delayed Scavino’s deposition six times to try to accommodate him. “Despite all these extensions, to date, Scavino has not produced a single document, nor has he appeared for testimony,” the committee wrote. Scavino sued Verizon in January, seeking to stop the company from turning over his phone records to the committee.
Steve Bannon is the only target of the committee who has been indicted on contempt of Congress charges for refusing to comply with a subpoena. That case, which is tentatively set to go to trial in July, has been bogged down in arguments over whether Bannon can defend himself by claiming he was merely following the advice of his lawyers when he declined to respond to the committee’s subpoena.