US House of Representatives to Vote on Disregard for Former Trump Aides in Capitol Riot Inquiry By Reuters


©Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Former White House Counsel Peter Navarro exits the West Wing carrying a billboard making claims of voting irregularities at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo


By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives is expected to hear “contempt of Congress” charges against Peter Navarro and Daniel Scavino, two former advisers to ex-President Donald Trump, on Wednesday for their failure to cooperate in the investigation , authorize in the January 6, 2021 Capitol Uprising.

Navarro, a former trade adviser to Trump, and Scavino, who was deputy chief of staff, both failed to appear before the House Select Committee investigating the attack.

Approval by the House of Representatives, where Democrats hold a slim majority of seats, would refer the matter to the Justice Department to decide whether to pursue criminal charges.

Scavino and Navarro have argued that their communications are protected by executive privileges, although many legal experts have stated that this principle does not apply to former presidents, and President Joe Biden’s administration has denied executive privileges to former Trump aides.

Republicans lined up ahead of the vote to object, accusing Democrats of waging a political war. “Democrats use the power of the federal government to jail their political opponents,” House Republican Chairman Kevin McCarthy said.

“Today’s resolution is about criminalizing dissent,” McCarthy said.

Contempt of Congress is punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

The House of Representatives last year supported contempt of congressional indictments for Steve Bannon, a Trump aide. He was charged in a case that was due to go to trial in July. The chamber also voted to contempt charges against Mark Meadows, a former House member who became Trump’s chief of staff, but there has been no word from the judiciary on whether charges will be filed.

The Democrat-led special committee has been investigating the events leading up to the January 6, 2021 attack by thousands of Trump supporters on the US seat of government, as Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers converged to celebrate Democrat Biden’s November victory 2020 election to be confirmed.

Mobs rampaged through the Capitol, injuring police officers and sending Pence, lawmakers, staffers and journalists to safety after Trump repeated his false claims at a rowdy rally that his defeat was the result of fraud.

Four people died on the day of the riot, and a Capitol Police officer who had been fighting with rioters died the next day. Four officers have since taken their own lives. US House of Representatives to Vote on Disregard for Former Trump Aides in Capitol Riot Inquiry By Reuters

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