Former President Donald Trump has made a final move to prevent one of his closest associates from being indicted for refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. I am making an effort
On Monday, Trump attorney Evan Corcoran filed a letter in federal court claiming the former president claimed executive immunity over a subpoena issued to former White House adviser Peter Navarro more than a year ago. . He’s less than a week away from going on trial for contempt of Congress.
Addressing Navarro, Corcoran said the information sought in the subpoena from the House panel included the former high-ranking official discussing “trade and manufacturing policy and a variety of other subjects, including topics critical to the security of this agenda.” It includes discussions with Mr Trump about Country. “
“President Trump believes that any conversations or correspondence you have with him, like those he has with other senior advisers, are protected from disclosure by executive privilege,” Corcoran wrote. He added that Mr Navarro “has an obligation to claim presidential privilege”. [Trump’s] Behalf. ”
Last week, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta refused to dismiss the criminal charges against Navarro, and the former adviser said there was enough evidence to back up the allegation that Trump claimed privilege over information sought by a House panel. Decided I couldn’t provide any evidence and paved the way.For trial.
“[Navarro] We have not provided any affidavits or testimony from him or the former president. His allegations rely only on the statements of his defense attorneys, which are not evidence,” Mehta wrote on January 19.
But it’s unlikely Trump’s last-minute Tuesday letter was enough to upset Meta. Not only did it not mention Navarro’s allegations, but a similar letter written in Steve Bannon’s defense failed to block the trial.
Navarro’s trial marks the second such prosecution by federal investigators. The first is against Mr. Bannon, who was convicted by a jury and is now appealing.
Trump also wrote such a letter to Bannon in July, days before the longtime ally’s trial began. The judge said that case law does not allow witnesses to evade congressional subpoenas through executive privilege.