The House select committee investigating last year’s U.S. Capitol riot demanded in a statement on Friday that former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro testify to Donald’s ‘involvement’ Trump in a plot to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The committee also revealed on Twitter a copy of a text addressed to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows by an unidentified sender offering “details of the call Navarro helped convene” for block certification of election results – “including that the president participated.”
The committee recommended on Monday that the House refer criminal contempt of Congress charges against Navarro and Trump ally Dan Scavino to the Justice Department for ignoring committee subpoenas to testify before the panel.
Navarro has repeatedly bragged in his book and on national television about the conspiracy to deny certification of legitimate Electoral College votes in an effort to keep Trump in the White House. He refers to the plot to overturn the voters’ choice in terms of football, calling it the “Green Bay [Packers] Sweep.” Yet he claims executive privilege when it comes to discussing the details of this information before the House committee.
Navarro was scheduled to be interviewed Tuesday on MSNBC but pulled out at the last minute, host Ari Melber reported.
The Meadows text cited by the January 6 committee refers to appeals to “lawmakers.” Trump is known to have participated in a call with ‘hundreds’ of GOP state lawmakers, along with Navarro, ‘coup’ lawyer John Eastman and others, to try to persuade them to ‘decertify’ their states’ electoral votes for Joe Biden after the election, according to the committee.
Another call, which was recorded, was made to Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who Trump told to “find” enough votes – nearly two months after his presidential loss – to make Trump the state winner instead of Biden.
Judge David Carter of the U.S. District Court in Central California ruled Monday that such actions make it “more likely than not” that Trump criminally conspired to “overturn a Democratic election.”
If the plan “had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power, undermining American democracy and the Constitution,” Carter wrote.