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House votes to hold Peter Navarro, Dan Scavino in contempt for not complying with Jan. 6 subpoenas

The House voted 220-203 to hold the men in criminal contempt of Congress.

Published: April 6, 2022 6:37pm

Updated: April 6, 2022 7:35pm

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to hold Trump White House aides Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro in criminal contempt.

The charges come after the men did not comply with subpoenas from the committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The contempt resolution passed by a 220-203 vote, according to the House Press Gallery.

Contempt of Congress carries up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine, Reuters reported.

Scavino and Navarro "will be referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution," the Jan. 6 committee posted on Twitter.

The committee accused Navarro, who served as trade advisor to former President Donald Trump, and Scavino, former Trump social media director, of refusing "to produce documents or appear for a deposition."

"Scavino repeatedly asked for subpoena extensions, then failed to show up. Navarro wanted to provide only written answers to the committee to avoid questioning under oath. These men weren’t negotiating with [the Jan. 6 committee], they were flaunting the law and our people with contempt," Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) tweeted before the vote.

Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) questioned what Navarro and Scavino are "covering up" and who they are "covering up for" in a speech before the contempt resolution passed.

Most House Republicans criticized the charges.

"Gas prices are rising. The border has become a turnstile. Inflation is crushing Americans. Yet here we are reliving January 6 again," Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) tweeted.

The House found former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon in contempt last year.

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