The Justice Department opened another front against former Trump administration advisor Peter Navarro, suing him over his alleged use of a private email account while in the White House and failing to turn over presidential records in violation of the Presidential Records Act.
On Wednesday, the DOJ’s Federal Programs Branch filed the lawsuit in a Washington D.C. federal court claiming that he used the “non-official” ProtonMail account to exchange emails and that he used the account to send and receive emails and that he failed to turn over the communications to the National Archives and Records Administration.
The news was reported by multiple media outlets including CNN which called the lawsuit a “bold and unusual enforcement move by the Justice Department’s Federal Programs Branch — which pursues civil, not criminal, matters — to strike at alleged sloppy federal records maintenance during the Trump administration.”
“Mr. Navarro is wrongfully retaining Presidential records that are the property of the United States, and which constitute part of the permanent historical record of the prior administration,” the lawsuit reads. “Mr. Navarro’s wrongful retention of Presidential records violates District of Columbia law, federal common law, and the PRA.”
New: DOJ is suing Peter Navarro (separate from criminal contempt case) to turn over records from a private ProtonMail account that he allegedly used to send/receive messages while in the Trump White House.
Lawsuit here: https://t.co/NwvZMi2Cp4
— Alex Mallin (@alex_mallin) August 3, 2022
The Biden regime’s latest legal move against a former Trump administration official comes two months after Navarro was indicted for contempt of Congress for declining to cooperate with the January 6 select committee, a one-sided, politically-motivated kangaroo court hand-picked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to inflict maximum political damage on the ex-POTUS and to prevent him from running and winning the 2024 presidential election.
In June, after he refused to respond to a committee subpoena, the then 72-year-old Navarro was subjected to a harsh and unusual arrest by FBI agents who confronted him as he was about to board a plane at a Washington D.C.-area airport, putting him into handcuffs and leg irons before throwing him into a jail cell, something one would expect to be done to political enemies of Vladimir Putin in Russia.
Following his arrest, Navarro condemned the heavy-handed tactics used against him by the federal government.
"They intercepted me gettin' on the plane and then they put me in handcuffs, they bring me here. They put me in leg irons. They stick me in a cell."
— Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro on being charged for contempt of Congress for defying a January 6th Committee subpoena. pic.twitter.com/GOee9R3GUB
— The Recount (@therecount) June 3, 2022
“They responded with effectively the same kind of thing you’d see in Stalin’s Russia or the Chinese Communist Party,” he said.
The news of the DOJ’s lawsuit against Navarro had some feeling optimistic that the walls are finally closing in on Trump.
As big as the Alex Jones phone thing is, the DOJ’s attempt at obtaining Peter Navarro’s communications could prove to be even bigger news. Navarro has been indicted for contempt, but it’s becoming clear that the DOJ is trying to use him to get to bigger fish, including Trump.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) August 3, 2022
There’s going to be a point very soon where most of these guys – Alex Jones, Peter Navarro, Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, and so on – will wish they’d cut a cooperation deal with the DOJ while there was still a lenient deal to be had.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) August 3, 2022
Navarro’s legal team rejected the DOJ’s claims.
“Mr. Navarro has never refused to provide records to the government. As detailed in our recent letter to the Archives, Mr. Navarro instructed his lawyers to preserve all such records, and he expects the government to follow standard processes in good faith to allow him to produce records. Instead, the government chose to file its lawsuit today,” attorneys John Irving and John Rowley said in a statement provided to The Hill.
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