It’s no secret that Donald Trump made open, public efforts to convince Mike Pence, as the vice president at the time, to use powers that Pence didn’t actually have, to prevent the electoral vote from being formally accepted on the record, and thus hold up the election process. However, a text released by the January 6th Committee now shows a contact asking about a call with legislators to delay certification for 10 days.
The January 6th Committee released the text with a statement asserting that Peter Navarro, who has been referred for contempt charges already, must speak to them about his role in the efforts to delay the election certification. Navarro is trying to claim executive privilege on Trump’s behalf to avoid testifying.
A January 3 text to Mark Meadows: "I have details on the call that Navarro helped convene… to delay certification… including that the president participated…"
Peter Navarro must speak to the Select Committee about his role in the attempt to overturn the election. pic.twitter.com/3IysjPILye
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) April 1, 2022
The text, from an undisclosed sender, reads as follows:
“Mark — I am reaching out because I have details on the call that Navarro helped convene yesterday with legislators as as part of his effort to get Pence to delay certification of the election for 10 days, including that the president participated. Were you on the call when the president spoke?”
Trump’s role in the entire scene, of course, is of particular interest, and the January 6th Committee’s much-sought interview with Navarro could potentially shed light on exactly what the former president said in that phone call, as well as what other legislators were on the call, and whether they should also potentially be interviewed about their own roles in the effort.
In the meantime, the committee continues to seek information about the hours-long gap in White House phone logs from January 6th, and whether it indicates an effort to cover up other calls.
What's Your Reaction?
Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com