Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro revealed in a court filing Tuesday afternoon that he has been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury this week as part of the Justice Department’s investigation into the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Navarro, who was a trade adviser to Trump while in office, said he was served by the FBI at his Washington, D.C., house last week. The subpoena is the first known instance of prosecutors seeking testimony from someone who worked in the Trump White House as they investigate the worst attack on the Capitol in two centuries.
The subpoena from federal prosecutors also comes months after Navarro, a former economics professor, received a congressional subpoena from the House Select Committee, which sought testimony from Navarro about his public efforts to help Trump overturn the election, including a call after the 2020 presidential election persuading state legislators to join their efforts.
By issuing a Federal Grand Jury subpoena to Peter Navarro, Merrick Garland is taking a significant step toward prosecuting Trump for attempting to overthrow the United States Government. The life of our Democracy requires the Indictment of Donald J. Trump.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) May 31, 2022
In an 88-page filing, Navarro claims the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol attack is “unlawful” and therefore a subpoena it issued to him in February is “unenforceable” under law. Navarro, who revealed the Trump plot to Ari Melber more than once, filed the suit Tuesday against members of the committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the U.S. attorney for D.C., Matthew M. Graves.
Peter Navarro a former White House adviser to Donald Trump, has been ordered to testify before a grand jury!
— Tony 🌊 #DemVoice1 (@TonyHussein4) May 31, 2022
Navarro spoke with the Associated Press on Tuesday and said the goal of his lawsuit is much broader than the subpoenas themselves, part of an effort to have “the Supreme Court address a number of issues that have come with the weaponization of Congress’ investigatory powers” since Trump came to office.
Peter Navarro is crazy stupid, as are the idiots who believe him.🙄 https://t.co/vsn13j1Qst
— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@DrDenaGrayson) May 10, 2021
Navarro says he will respond formally to the federal subpoena on Wednesday.