A former top adviser to President Donald Trump is pushing back on a subpoena he has received from the House Select Committee on Jan. 6.
Peter Navarro’s suit seeks to protect him from providing the committee with testimony regarding the Jan. riot at the U.S. Capitol Building, Just the News reports:
The House Jan. 6 committee issued the subpoena to Navarro in February and accused him of working with Trump strategist Steve Bannon to “develop and implement a plan to delay Congress’s certification of, and ultimately change the outcome of, the November 2020 presidential election,” according to Politico.
Defendents named by Navarro in his 88-page lawsuit include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, all members of the Jan. 6 committee and U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., Matthew Graves.
Representing himself, Navarro is arguing that the Jan. 6 committee is “neither duly authorized nor properly constituted and therefore its legislative acts, including its subpoena issued to me…. are therefore ultra vires, unlawful, and unenforceable.”
He also wrote that last week, “two FBI special agents banged loudly on my door in the early morning hours to present me with a fruit of the poisonous tree Grand Jury Subpoena.”
He honed in on how the subpoena was “including but not limited to any communications with formal President Trump and/or his counsel or representative.”
In his filing, Navarro also noted what will likely happen if the committee prevails and Democrats are no longer in power after the November midterms.
“If, in this case, the Committee and Joe Biden are able to effectively establish the principle that an incumbent can strip his predecessor of both executive privilege and testimonial immunity, just imagine what will happen to Joe Biden and his advisers if Republicans win both the White House and House in 2024,” he wrote.
“In fact, I don’t need to imagine this repeat of the strategic game. If I’m not dead or in prison, I will lead the charge,” he added.