DOJ Argues Judge Should Dismiss Former Trump Official’s Claims

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( – The Department of Justice has encouraged a judge to not take into account the former Trump administration figure Peter Navarro’s claims that he had not abided by the House Jan. 6 committee subpoena because of concerns about executive privilege.

According to The Hill, the March 14 filing from the department is a response to Navarro’s last-minute efforts to have the trial pushed back after he forwarded a letter former President Donald Trump’s lawyer. However, the Department of Justice has argued that the letter has not actually changed the facts of the case. They further pointed out that the jury should only be responsible for making a decision based on the “essential elements of the charged offense.” That includes only whether or not the defendant was aware of the subpoena he’d received in relation to the January 6th attack on the US Capitol and still decided not to comply.

According to The Hill, Navarro had received a subpoena by the now-disbanded committee last month after the Navarro Report was released. In the Report, it was claimed that then-President Trump had reasons to believe that the elections on Nov. 3, 2020, had been fraudulent and that there were irregularities in the election.

The Department of Justice has repeatedly maintained that only the sitting president has the right to block officials from testifying in a case and not the former president. They further argue that executive privilege cannot be brought forth as a reason to not discuss with the committee.

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