Peter Navarro Will Talk With Jan. 6 Committee, if They Clear It With Trump

Peter Navarro, a former White House trade adviser, is maintaining a united front with former President Donald Trump and won't comply with a subpoena from the January 6 Select Committee unless they clear it with the former president.

Navarro is the latest of Trump's allies to face a subpoena in the House committee's investigation into the build-up of the Capitol riot on January 6. The committee wants him to discuss the alleged development and implementation of a plan to stop the certification of President Joe Biden's electoral win, but Navarro will only comply if the committee negotiates the terms of Trump's executive privilege.

Navarro told Newsweek that it's not his "privilege to waive" Trump's invocation of executive privilege. So, if the committee wants him to testify, Navarro said they will have to get the go-ahead from Trump.

"The last three people on God's good earth who wanted chaos and violence on Capitol hill were President Trump, Steve Bannon and I," Navarro said.

The January 6 committee also subpoenaed Bannon, who served as a chief strategist for Trump. He refused to comply with the subpoena and was indicted on contempt charges in November. The committee believes Bannon and Navarro worked together to "develop and implement" a plan to delay the certification of Biden's win.

Trump has lambasted the investigation as a witch hunt and attempted to use presidential executive privilege to block the release of documents. However, Trump lost the legal battle to keep the documents from the committee and in January, the Supreme Court rejected his argument that as a former president, he has the authority to invoke executive privilege.

President Joe Biden declined to invoke executive privilege for the records and courts have largely agreed that the current president is best positioned to decide what should be privileged. Only one Supreme Court justice, Clarence Thomas, said he would have granted Trump's request for an injunction blocking the release of the records.

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Peter Navarro, a former trade adviser to former President Donald Trump, said the House will have to negotiate with Trump if they want him to testify. Navarro speaks during a press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on March 22, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

In an interview with the Daily Beast in December, Navarro said Trump and "more than 100 members" of Congress were "on board" with the strategy.

Navarro has remained loyal to Trump in the wake of the Capitol riot and criticized former Vice President Mike Pence for "betraying" the former president. It's no secret that Pence and Trump differ in their opinions of the Capitol riot and on Friday, Pence issued his strongest rebuke to Trump yet.

Pence told a group of people at the Federalist Society in Florida on Friday that Trump is "wrong" in his assessment that Pence could have overturned the election. He called no idea more "un-American" than the belief that "any one person could choose the American president."

Trump maintains that Pence could have sent the election back to the states and has blamed Pence for the problems America is facing under Biden.

Marc Short, Pence's former chief of staff, testified before the House select committee and Congressman Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Select Committee, said in a statement that more than 500 people have provided information. Since Navarro "hasn't been shy about his role in efforts to overturn" the election, Thompson said legislators expect him to cooperate with the investigation.