On Wednesday, the House requested that the Justice Department arrest two of former President Donald Trump’s closest aides for refusing to comply with subpoenas issued by the select committee on Jan. 6 Capitol Attack.
The committee head Rep. Bennie Thompson said that Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro must face consequences for breaking the law. “They are in contempt of Congress, which is a crime,” she added (D-Miss.) on the House floor.
The House decided to hold Dan Scavino, Trump’s longstanding social media manager, and Peter Navarro, Trump’s trade advisor, in contempt of Congress on a 220-203 vote, with all others being Democrats, starting an investigation by the US attorney’s Washington office.
As part of the initial round of demands for testimony and documents from prominent members in Trump’s orbit, the select committee issued subpoenas to Scavino and Bannon in September. Scavino’s lawyer, former House general counsel Stan Brand, spent months working with the select committee, but the panel has accused the Trump adviser of misleading investigators.
Navarro was subpoenaed by the committee in February, triggering a quick response from him denying the request and claiming executive privilege prevented him from responding.
Navarro was Trump’s most outspoken supporter in the drive to rig the 2020 election. He collaborated with Bannon on a plot to convince Republicans in Congress to vote against confirming hundreds of electors of Joe Biden.
The committee’s decision to hold witnesses in contempt is a strong indication that it no longer expects to receive their evidence. It’s more of an attempt to penalize them for their rejection and maybe influence other witnesses to go a different course. Referrals for contempt of Congress have seldom resulted in prosecutions, and even fewer have resulted in convictions, in contemporary history.
About Dan Scavino
Scavino is of Italian heritage and was born in New York. He grew up in the New York City region. He was hired as a caddy for Trump’s golf party at Briar Hall Country Club in 1992. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1998.
Before becoming general manager of Trump National Golf Club Westchester, Scavino worked for Coca-Cola and Galderma for a few years. Daniel Scavino and Jennifer Scavino married in 2000 and have two children. In January 2018, his wife filed for divorce.
Navarro was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 15, 1949. Albert “Al” Navarro, a saxophone and clarinetist, was his father who headed a house band that spent the summers in New Hampshire and the winters in Florida. He was 9 or 10 when his parents got divorced. He then moved to Palm Beach, Florida, to live with his mother, Evelyn Littlejohn, a Saks Fifth Avenue secretary.
He shared a one-bedroom apartment with his mother and brother while he was a teenager in Bethesda, Maryland. Navarro received his education at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland.
On a full academic scholarship, Navarro attended Tufts University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972. After that, he served in Thailand for three years with the United States Peace Corps.
In 1979, he received a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 1986, he received a doctorate in economics from Harvard University under the supervision of Richard E. Caves.
Navarro married California architect Leslie Lebon in 2001. While Navarro was a professor at UC Irvine, the couple resided in Laguna Beach with Lebon’s kid from a previous marriage. Lebon filed for divorce in Orange County in late 2018 and in December 2020, their divorce was finalized.