The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Friday arrested former White House economic adviser Peter Navarro, at the request of the Democrat-led House that despised him for refusing to testify before the Jan. 6 partisan committee.
BREAKING: Former Trump White House official Peter Navarro has been charged with contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas of Jan. 6 committees. https://t.co/fVASZPeGpb
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 3, 2022
(Former Trump WH aide Peter) Navarro was arrested Friday by the FBI.
“He is currently in custody, according to the US law firm in DC.”
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) June 3, 2022
The arrest came a day after Navarro appeared on the left-wing MSNBC to promise he would lead efforts to promote the impeachment of President Joe Biden if Republicans make it to Congress in the midterm elections, which is expected of them.
Navarro was contemptuously detained by Congress in March along with former White House communications officer Dan Scavino, who was accused of refusing to testify on false claims by the commission that he had not attempted to cooperate.
As Breitbart News noted at the time:
Navarro has candidly said in interviews that the plan among Trump loyalists was to use a peaceful protest at the Capitol to pressure Congress and Vice President Mike Pence to deny certification of electoral college votes from states. where the results were disputed by the Trump campaign.
Contrary to the commission’s claims of Jan. 6, Navarro said the violence that erupted disrupted the plan and caused it to fail.
Navarro is among the witnesses who have sued the commission in federal court, alleging that she violated the separation of powers by performing a law enforcement function, and that she violated the terms of her own empowerment resolution.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took the unprecedented step of expelling a number of Republican members from the committee. When Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) withdrew all of his nominees, Pelosi hand-picked the committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans, as opposed to the eight Democrats and five Republicans required by the resolution. The commission has no official ranking, which critics say means its subpoenas are invalid.
While the Supreme Court has given the commission access to documents about which former President Donald Trump attempted to exercise executive privilege, critics argue the privilege still extends to other materials, such as conversations with the president.
The commission also subpoenaed McCarthy, targeting the opposition leader in a one-sided investigation. It has also reportedly cooperated with the Justice Department in criminal investigations, despite denying appropriate process protection to witnesses.
Navarro was considered one of the most effective advisers to then-President Donald Trump after taking the lead in approving the US-Mexico-Canada deal to replace NAFTA, and after pushing for tariffs on China. as a geopolitical rival.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday nights from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM PT). He is the author of the recent ebook Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential election from a conservative perspective. He is winner of the Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship 2018. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak†