Former President Donald Trump lambasted the January 6 House select committee after a unanimous vote to hold two of his administration allies in contempt of Congress.
Former Trump administration trade advisor Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino, Trump’s longtime social media manager, who were both previously subpoenaed by the committee, were called out by the committee for not cooperating with the Democrat-run investigation of the riot that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol in January 2021.
In a 9 – 0 vote, every member of the panel chaired by Democrat Rep. Bennie Thompson, and including so-called GOP Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, recommended that the pair be held in contempt, with Rep. Jamie Raskin ranting after the vote that those who engaged in “coups” cannot invoke executive privilege.
BREAKING: The Select Committee unanimously voted to adopt the report recommending Peter Navarro and Daniel Scavino, Jr. for criminal contempt of Congress. pic.twitter.com/gODY3cKcwP
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) March 29, 2022
Trump torched Democrats and the “Unselect Committee” in a statement released Monday after the vote.
“The Radical Left Democrats in Congress and the Unselect Committee continue to seek the destruction of lives of very good people, but have no interest in going after the criminals and thugs who cheated like mad dogs on the 2020 Presidential Election,” he said.
Trump ripped apart the lawmakers’ arguments in his statement, asserting that “the evidence is in.”
“All the evidence is in and conclusive, but they, and the Fake News Media, refuse to look at or report it,” he said. “They call it the Big Lie, but the Big Lie is the exact opposite—they are the liars, they are the cheaters, and they are the ones who are destroying our Country at the Voting Booths, the Borders, the Gas Stations, with our Military, our Vets, foreign relations, and everywhere else!”
President Donald J. Trump:
“So the Radical Left Democrats in Congress and the Unselect Committee continue to seek the destruction of lives of very good people, but have no interest in going after the criminals and thugs who cheated like mad dogs on the 2020 Presidential… pic.twitter.com/2MpuFrNJ45
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) March 29, 2022
“In short, these two men played a key role in the ex-president’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election,” Chairman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi said ahead of the vote on Monday.
“In Mr. Scavino’s case, he strung us along for months before making it clear that he believes he’s above the law,” he added of the Trump aide who also served as White House deputy chief of staff.
“Mr. Navarro, despite sharing relevant details on TV, in podcasts and in his own book, he also stonewalled us,” he said of the 72-year-old economist who was subpoenaed by the committee in February.
“They’re not fooling anybody,” Thompson said. “They’re obligated to comply with our investigation. They have refused to do so. And that’s a crime.”
Happening now: Jan. 6 committee chair Bennie Thompson gavels in meeting to recommend criminal prosecution for Trump aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino pic.twitter.com/rGEi57uSDv
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) March 28, 2022
Cheney invoked the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine to claim how the committee is actually working to protect democracy in America.
“As we meet here tonight, Vladimir Putin continues his brutality against Ukraine, killing innocents, reminding us what happens when authoritarians rule,” The Wyoming Republican said.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) ends her remarks at Jan. 6th Committee meeting:
“Each day we see footage of the unyielding courage of the Ukrainian people … Their bravery reminds us that democracy is fragile, democracy only survives if citizens are willing to defend it.” pic.twitter.com/gSrwtFgPXV
— The Recount (@therecount) March 29, 2022
“On Feb. 28th, 2022, the White House counsel notified Mr. Navarro that President Biden determined that assertion of executive privilege is not justified with respect to Navarro’s effort to cover up the evidence of his participation in this assault on American constitutional democracy,” Rep. Jamie Raskin said after Monday’s vote.
“There is primarily no assertion of executive privilege here, either by the actual president or by any former president,” Raskin said, adding that “the privilege does not apply to private political business, much less to criminal activity like conducting coups or insurrections against the government.”
The resolution by the committee now heads to the full House of Representatives where, if approved, will then go to the Biden Justice Department.
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