More Trump Allies Facing Contempt Vote by Jan. 6 Panel

Two former Trump administration officials could face contempt of Congress charges for not complying with subpoenas connected to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot investigation.

The House committee investigating the circumstances around the riot will vote Monday on whether to charge Peter Navarro, a former trade advisor for Donald Trump, and Dan Scavino, the former president's deputy chief of staff for communications, The Hill reported. If the committee votes in favor of charging them, the entire House would have to vote next on the possible charges.

More than a year after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, the House's investigation continues to subpoena Trump's family and allies. If Navarro and Scavino receive contempt of Congress charges, they would not be the first, as Steve Bannon, a former strategist for the Trump administration, was indicted on two criminal contempt charges for refusing to testify or to provide documents to the committee. Bannon has dismissed the indictment, saying, "This has nothing to do with January 6. All of this is noise."

Navarro was subpoenaed early last month after the committee determined he "was involved in efforts to delay Congress's certification of the 2020 election and ultimately change the election results," according to a statement from the committee.

"[Navarro] hasn't been shy about his role in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election and has even discussed the former president's support for those plans," committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson said in the statement. "More than 500 witnesses have provided information in our investigation, and we expect Mr. Navarro to do so as well."

Scavino was subpoenaed last year because he was with Trump on the day before the riot for an alleged discussion on "how to convince members of Congress not to certify the election for Joe Biden," a separate statement from the committee said.

The statement also said Scavino promoted the protest on his Twitter account, encouraging people to "be a part of history," and "records indicate that Mr. Scavino was tweeting messages from the White House on January 6, 2021."

Navarro skipped his scheduled deposition earlier this month, CNN reported, because he said "the executive privilege asserted by President Trump is not my privilege to waive." He said he would appear if the committee negotiated with Trump, and he accused the committee of "attempting to coerce and bully me into cooperating with its highly partisan effort."

If Scavino and Navarro face the charges and are found guilty, the punishment could be a year of jail time and $100,000 in fines, The Hill reported.

This latest news came the same day Trump sued Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee for allegedly conspiring to "cripple Trump's bid for presidency" during the 2016 election.

Scavino could not be reached for comment, and a contact for Navarro did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Update 03/24/22 3:35 p.m. ET: This story was updated to add more information.

Trump Officials Possibly Face Contempt of Court
Peter Navarro, a former trade advisor for Trump, could face contempt of court charges in connection to the January 6 Capitol riot investigation. Above, Navarro speaks to members of the press outside the West Wing of the White House on June 18, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images