The House of Representatives will vote on a on Wednesdayagainst two former Trump aides who failed to comply with subpoenas from the investigative committee .
If accepted, the motion will be dismissed for contempt chargesto the Justice Department after the former aides refused to comply with subpoenas to appear before the committee. Other contempt agrees with it and have already passed the house.
“To come across that kind of obstruction … when we’re investigating a violent riot is just despicable,” the committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, said during the debate in the House. “I can’t stand it”
If the contempt motion against Navarro and Scavino is accepted, it would be up to the DOJ to decide what to do with the referrals. The Ministry of Justicein November with two charges of contempt of Congress and . The Justice Department has yet to file charges against Meadows.
In a recent report, the Jan. 6 committee accused Navarro, a former top Trump trade adviser, of working with Bannon and others “to develop and implement a plan to delay congressional certification and ultimately the outcome of the.” to change presidential elections in November 2020. Scavino was the ex-president’s social media guru and deputy chief of staff, and a longtime assistant to the president even before the White House. The committee claims they have “reason to believe that Mr. Scavino on Jan. 5 and 6 Dating with then-President Trump and engaged in talks regarding plans to challenge, disrupt, or impede official processes in Congress.”
Scavino and Navarro have cited executive privilege as to why they cannot appear, which President Biden has rejected. Thompson has also said that executive privilege cannot be claimed without at least showing up.
Some Democratic lawmakers have begun to express frustration with the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland for not pursuing the Jan. 6-related indictments against Trump allies.
“Attorney General Garland, do your job so we can do ours,” said Rep. Elaine Luria, a Virginia Democrat and a member of the special committee, last week.
The contempt motions only need a majority of members of the House of Representatives to be referred to the Justice Department.