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Like Trump Before Them, President Biden Denies Flynn and Navarro Executive Privilege

Like Trump Before Them, President Biden Denies Flynn and Navarro Executive Privilege

A Monday scoop from Axios revealed that President Joe Biden won’t grant executive privilege to former Trump Administration advisors Michael Flynn and Peter Navarro to shield them from the January 6th House Select Committee’s subpoenas.

The move will force Flynn and Navarro to make the same choice others in Trump’s orbit have made before them: either cooperate with the Select Committee or face potential criminal referral from Congress to the Department of Justice. Axios reports that Navarro, who revealed details about the Capitol riot’s planning live on MSNBC on at least two different occasions, plans to appeal his case to the Supreme Court. Flynn’s attorney responded to the White House by insisting that his client has not asserted executive privilege or refused to appear for a deposition by the January 6th Committee.

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 18: Former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse following a sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court on December 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. Flynn’s lawyers accepted the judge’s offer to delay sentencing for lying to the FBI about his communication with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has recommended no prison time for Flynn due to his cooperation with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Axios reports that a deputy White House counsel sent letters on Monday to Flynn’s attorney and directly to Navarro to inform them that President Biden would not be invoking the privilege on their behalf. Donald Trump and other members of his staff were also similarly denied. In October, President Biden waived any claims to executive privilege for Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff at the time of the insurrection, as well as Steve Bannon, his former top adviser. Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with a subpoena.

Read the full profile at Axios.

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