Jan. 6 committee recommends Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro face criminal contempt charges

The Democratic-led panel released a 34-page contempt report on Sunday asserting Scavino and Navarro refused "to produce documents or appear for a deposition."

Updated: March 28, 2022 - 9:13pm

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The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on Monday voted unanimously to recommend Congress hold Trump White House aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino in criminal contempt and refer them for prosecution.

The Democratic-led panel released a 34-page contempt report on Sunday that said Scavino and Navarro refused "to produce documents or appear for a deposition."

Navarro, trade advisor to then-President Donald Trump, worked to "develop and implement a plan to delay Congress’s certification, and ultimately change the outcome, of the November 2020 Presidential election," the committee wrote.

The panel stated that "Mr. Navarro’s refusal to comply with the Select Committee’s subpoena in any way represents willful default under the law and warrants referral to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia for prosecution for contempt of Congress as prescribed by law."

Scavino, former Trump social media director, worked to reverse the 2020 election by "among other things, spreading false information via social media regarding alleged election fraud and recruiting a crowd to Washington for the events of January 6th," the committee stated.

The Democratic-led group said, "Mr. Scavino’s failure to appear for deposition or produce responsive documents in the face of this clear advisement and warning by the Chairman constitutes a willful failure to comply with the subpoena."

The contempt referral comes the same day that a California district judge found that it is likely Trump violated the law in relation to Jan. 6.

The House held Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in contempt for not complying with Jan. 6 committee subpoenas.