Donald Trump’s closest advisors, the ones who promised to help him subvert a democratic election and stay in power, have also helped him to conceal the facts and evidence around the investigation of his attempted coup. On Wednesday, the Jan. 6 Committee ruled that two of those advisors, Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro, should be held in contempt for refusing to respond to a congressional subpoena about the insurrection they helped to inspire.
BREAKING: Peter Navarro and Daniel Scavino, Jr. cited for criminal contempt by House of Representatives for defiance of Select Committee subpoenas.
They will be referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) April 6, 2022
Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro possess intimate knowledge of events leading up to Jan 6, yet have chosen to conceal it.
Tonight, Congress voted to hold them in contempt.
Now, the DOJ must submit the matter to a grand jury – because the American people deserve accountability.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 6, 2022
Peter Navarro, an assistant to Trump during his time in the White House, refused to appear in front of the congressional committee and claimed that executive privilege prevented him from testifying. That privilege did not extend, apparently, to media interviews. On MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber, Navarro willingly told Melber about the plan for the coup by contesting the results of the election in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states Trump won in 2016 but lost to President Biden in 2020.
‘The plan was simply this: We had over 100 congressman and senators on Capitol Hill to implement the sweep. We were going to challenge the results of the election in the six battleground states. These were the places where we believe that if the votes were sent back to those battleground states and looked at again, there would be enough concern amongst the legislatures that most or all of those states would decertify the election.’
Scavino was Trump’s deputy chief of staff and has said only that the Jan. 6 committee had spread a “false and misleading narrative,” but has otherwise refused to speak to the media.
Twitter had a lot of thoughts about the criminal referral of Navarro and Scavino, with most fearing nothing will be done to hold anyone accountable under the law. Read some of their comments below: