The January 6th investigation is progressing, and is expected to begin public hearings this spring. Still, a deadline looms: if the work isn’t done before midterm elections, everything that has been done in the House so far could unravel.
Peter Navarro, who served as White House trade advisor under Donald Trump, was served last week with what, according to NPR‘s count, marked the 80th subpoena issued by the January 6th Committee. Committee Chair, Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS) commented on the call to testify, stating that Navarro “hasn’t been shy about his role in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election and has even discussed the former President’s support for those plans.”
Navarro has responded in a Newsmax interview, where he says that he won’t be hiring an attorney, but proclaims that the real “antidote” for the entire investigation proceedings is for Republicans to win the 2022 midterm elections, take control of the House, and put a stop to the January 6th Committee’s work entirely.
"I'm not spending any money on lawyers…The antidote here is taking the house back for the Trump Republicans in Nov. of 22 because then all of this goes away." pic.twitter.com/V6uYYPXCVN
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) February 16, 2022
He’s not alone. Republicans have argued that the endgame for the investigation is not to prove innocence, or to root out facts about who in the White House may have had involvement in the attack or planning thereof, but to take control and either end the investigation entirely, or take over the committee and turn it on end to ‘investigate’ Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who they’ve built up as enemies of Trump and the entire MAGA movement.
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