2023-01-24 12:00:00

Trump tries to intervene as Navarro faces trial for defying Jan. 6 committee

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Donald Trump is once again making a last-ditch bid to help a former aide avoid prosecution for defying the Jan. 6 select committee.

A lawyer for Trump issued a letter this week endorsing the decision by former White House adviser Peter Navarro to blow off a subpoena from the Jan. 6 select committee by making blanket claims of executive privilege.

The Jan. 23 letter, filed in federal court, comes less than a week before Navarro is slated to go to trial for contempt of Congress for refusing to appear before the select committee last year.

This confirms President Trumps position that, as one of his senior advisors, you had an obligation to assert executive privilege on his behalf and fully comply with the principles of confidentiality stated above when you responded to the Committees subpoena, the attorney, Evan Corcoran, wrote on Trumps behalf.

The letter appears calculated to undercut the ruling of U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta rejecting Navarros effort to dismiss the cases against him. Mehta noted in a 39-page opinion last week that Navarro had presented no evidence that Trump actually asserted executive privilege on his behalf even though he made explicit assertions to block the testimony of other former aides.

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