The House Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection has issued a subpoena for documents and testimony from Peter Navarro, the former White House trade adviser who helped develop a plan to install Donald Trump in the White House for a second term against the wishes of American voters.
In a statement, select committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said he expects Navarro to join the more than 500 witnesses who have already given evidence to the nine-member panel’s inquiry. Thompson also noted that the Harvard-trained economist, who also pushed unproven and dangerous alternative COVID-19 remedies, “hasn’t been shy” in discussing the plan he formulated to overturn the 2020 election or Trump’s support for those plans.
Navarro is just the latest former Trump official to be subpoenaed by the committee in its sweeping investigation but, like others, it remains to be seen if the panel will ultimately succeed in compelling his testimony. He maintains in his new book that he was among the “last three people on God’s green earth who wanted to see violence erupt” on January 6th, counting himself among the likes of Trump and another former adviser, Stephen Bannon, who has been indicted on criminal contempt of Congress charges after refusing to cooperate with the committee.
Saying the quiet part out loud: Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro admits to the MAGA plot to steal the 2020 presidential election from Biden after he is confronted by MSNBC's Ari Melber. #FailedCouppic.twitter.com/h2U1GFtyy1 05
— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) February 8, 2022
Before the deadly insurrection at the Capitol, Donald Trump told his supporters “we’re going to have to fight much harder.” After January 6th, he referred to the rioters as “peaceful” and “great” people. pic.twitter.com/Mgv49QmCAL
— The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC 📺 (@TheBeatWithAri) January 21, 2022
Navarro has made at least two separate appearances on MSNBC’s “The Beat” where he revealed the extent of those plans to host Ari Melber.
Navarro, meanwhile, appeared on Bannon’s podcast this week to criticize former Vice President Mike Pence for saying Trump was wrong to claim Pence had the authority to overturn the 2020 election. During that appearance, Navarro blasted Pence as “never a pure Trump guy” and “the prisoner of Marc Short,” a longtime Pence confidant and the former vice president’s chief of staff who recently appeared before the House committee. “Mike, you are dead politically,” said Navarro unironically after being a vocal champion of Trump’s election lies.
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) February 9, 2022
Navarro is not expected to cooperate with the Committee’s subpoena.
BREAKING: The Select committee just subpoenaed #PeterNavarro. I assume he won't comply and/or plea the 5th and that will be that.
— Ann Cali (@AnnCali) February 9, 2022
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