Democrat witch hunts continue to get stalled.
Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is not going to comply with the subpoena issued by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.
This is nothing more than another Dem witch hunt.
Navarro cited Trump’s executive privilege claim as the reasoning for not complying.
Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has refused to comply with a subpoena for documents related to the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus, saying the former president ordered him not to, according to his response to a congressional request released on Saturday.
The subpoena was issued in November by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis as part of its probe of whether former Trump administration officials mishandled the federal response to the pandemic by interfering with its own health agency’s work. Nearly 800,000 people have died in the United States from the pandemic.
Navarro, a Republican, also served as one of former President Donald Trump’s pandemic response advisers and was responsible for procurement in the coronavirus response, among other things. Navarro said in a letter to the subcommittee he would not cooperate because Trump told him to “protect executive privilege.”
“It is a direct order that I should not comply with the subpoena,” Navarro said in a letter to the committee, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.
Peter Navarro helped expose the 2020 election steal and this is likely one of the major reasons he is being targeted.
Back in November, Rep. James E. Clyburn, Chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis issued a subpoena to Navarro.
Today, Rep. James E. Clyburn, Chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, issued aÂ subpoenaÂ to Peter Navarro, former Director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and an Assistant to President Trump.
In aÂ memoÂ to Select Subcommittee Members explaining the reasons for issuing the subpoena, Chairman Clyburn wrote:
â€œAs Director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and an Assistant to the President, Mr. Navarro was integrally involved in the prior Administrationâ€™s pandemic response including its procurement efforts.Â Documents previously released by the Select Subcommittee show that rather than implement a coordinated national strategy to alleviate critical supply shortages, Mr. Navarro and other Trump Administration officials pushed responsibility to the states and pursued a haphazard and ineffective approach to procurementâ€”contributing to severe shortages of critically needed supplies and putting American lives at risk.Â White House officials, including Mr. Navarro, also appear to have sidelined career procurement officials and exercised inappropriate influence over contract awards, leading to the award of contracts without adequate diligence or competition.Â As cases surged in the autumn of 2020, Mr. Navarro and other Trump Administration officials appear to have prioritized politics over the pandemic responseâ€”focusing their attention on the 2020 presidential election and promoting former President Trumpâ€™s Big Lie that the election results were fraudulent.â€
The subpoena orders Mr. Navarro to appear for a deposition and produce documents related to his work on the Trump Administrationâ€™s pandemic response, after Mr.Â Navarro refused to cooperate with requests set forth in aÂ September 14, 2021Â letter.Â Chairman Clyburnâ€™s memo continued:
â€œMr. Navarro has refused to voluntarily comply with the Select Subcommitteeâ€™s requestsâ€”ignoring repeated attempts to gain his voluntarily compliance and otherwise failing to communicate with Select Subcommittee staff. â€¦ Given his central role in the pandemic response, the importance of the Select Subcommitteeâ€™s investigation, and his continued refusal to cooperate voluntarily, this subpoena is necessary.â€
The Select Subcommittee has been investigating the federal governmentâ€™s response to the coronavirus pandemic since 2020.Â These investigations have uncovered extensive evidence that Trump Administration officials prioritized political concerns and took actions that undermined the nationâ€™s ability to successfully respond to the pandemic in crucial early months.Â As outlined in Chairman Clyburnâ€™s memo, the Select Subcommittee has previously uncovered evidence showing that Mr.Â Navarro played a central role in these efforts, including:
- Mr. Navarro Was Centrally Involved in the Trump Administrationâ€™s Haphazard and Ineffective Approach to Procurement
- OnÂ March 30, 2021Â andÂ September 23, 2021, the Select Subcommittee released documents that shed light on the Trump Administrationâ€™s awareness of the impending crisis in the early weeks of the pandemic and failure to execute an effective strategy to contain the virusâ€”including a dire warning that Mr. Navarro sent to President Trump onÂ March 1, 2020, urging the Administration to take immediate steps to address the pandemic.Â Rather than heed this warning and implement a coordinated national strategy to alleviate critical supply shortages, senior White House officials, including Mr.Â Navarro, abdicated responsibility to the states and pursued a haphazard and ineffective approach to procurement.Â Among other things, the Select Subcommittee has found that Mr. Navarroâ€™s adviser, Dr. Steven Hatfill, appears to haveÂ refusedÂ toÂ pursue leadsÂ to purchase critically needed N95 masks in the spring of 2020 because the goods were not manufactured in the United Statesâ€”a refusal that not only risked further exacerbating PPE shortages but that also put American lives at risk.
- Mr. Navarro May Have Exercised Inappropriate Influence over the Award of Lucrative Contracts
- OnÂ March 30, 2021, the Select Subcommittee released evidence that raises questions about whether Trump White House officials, including Mr. Navarro, exercised inappropriate influence over contracts for PPE and medical supplies that should have been handled by career procurement staffâ€”leading the previous Administration to award lucrative contracts without adequate diligence or competition.Â These documents also raise questions about the Trump Administrationâ€™s use of unaccountable outside advisers, rather than career federal procurement and public health experts, to manage the federal governmentâ€™s pandemic response.
- Mr. Navarro and Trump Administration Officials Neglected the Pandemic Response to Focus on the Election and Promote the Big Lie
- OnÂ September 23, 2021, the Select Subcommittee released emails that raise questions about whether Mr. Navarro and other Trump White House officials working on the coronavirus may have allowed the pandemic response to take aÂ â€œback-seatâ€Â to focus their efforts on the 2020 presidential election and to promote former President Trumpâ€™s Big Lie that the election results were fraudulent.Â For instance,Â when asked by an academic colleague onÂ January 5, 2021, why he was not â€œfixing the virus,â€ Dr. Hatfill admitted:Â Â â€œBecause the election thing got out of control.Â I go where my team goes.â€Â Â Former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah BirxÂ confirmedÂ during a transcribed interview with the Select Subcommittee that Trump White House officials â€œwere actively campaigning and not as present in the White House as previouslyâ€ in the fall of 2020, and that the narrow focus on campaigning â€œtook peopleâ€™s time away from and distracted them away from the pandemic.â€
On September 14, 2021, Chairman Clyburn sent aÂ letterÂ requesting documents and information from Mr. Navarro by September 28, but Mr. Navarro has failed to comply.
Chairman Clyburnâ€™s memo outlined evidence indicating that Mr. Navarro possesses documents and communications relevant to the Select Subcommitteeâ€™s investigation that he has been purposefully withholding, including:
- Mr. Navarro has stated publicly that he maintained a â€œdaily journalâ€ during his tenure at the White House, in which he â€œdictated what had happened that day,â€ including events related to the prior Administrationâ€™s response to the pandemic.
- Mr.Â Navarro exchanged more than 80 messages with White House personnel about official business relating to the pandemic through an encrypted ProtonMail account between February 2020 and January 2021.Â This evidence, which was released by the Select Subcommittee onÂ September 23, 2021, raises troubling questions about whether Mr. Navarro and other Trump Administration officials used personal accounts to intentionally shield official communications about the pandemic.
The subpoena compels Mr. Navarro to produce by December 8, 2021, all documents and communications in his possessionÂ related to his involvement in the pandemic response; documents sufficient to identify non-government accounts used for official business related to the federal governmentâ€™s response to the coronavirus crisis; and documents sufficient to identify any steps Mr. Navarro took to timely comply with federal law relating to the preservation of Presidential records.Â It also requires Mr. Navarro to appear at a deposition on December 15.
ClickÂ hereÂ to read Chairman Clyburnâ€™s memorandum.
ClickÂ hereÂ to read the subpoena to former Director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and Assistant to President Trump, Peter Navarro.
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