Senior Trump White House advisor Peter Navarro has been arrested for refusing to comply with a subpoena from House Democrats ordering him to appear in front of the committee investigating the January 6 mobbing of the Capitol. He has been charged with contempt of Congress.
This is a marked change of heart from Democrats. Less than a decade ago, many of the same members opposed similar charges against Lois Lerner, the disgraced former director of exempt organizations at the IRS who likely targeted the Tea Party during the Obama years. Though, perhaps, it does remain consistent with their belief that they should wield the power of the federal bureaucracy, whether the IRS, FBI, or even the Espionage Act, to attack political opponents and keep the media in line.
The New York Times reported, “A federal grand jury on Friday indicted Peter Navarro, a White House adviser to former President Donald J. Trump, for failing to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Capitol attack, even as the Justice Department declined to charge Mark Meadows and Dan Scavino Jr., two other top officials who have also refused to cooperate.
The indictment against Mr. Navarro, handed up in Federal District Court in Washington, marked the first time that an official who served in Mr. Trump’s White House during the events of Jan. 6, 2021, has been charged in connection with the investigation into the attack.
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