Washington: The US Department of Justice, which has taken up the findings of the January 6 (2021) panel on Capitol Hill insurrection, has sued former President Donald Trump’s legal counsel Peter Navarro over using personal email for presidential records.
The lawsuit claimed that Navarro used a personal email account to conduct business that involved presidential records and, as such, he should hand over those emails as they are the rightful property of the National Archives.
“Mr. Navarro is wrongfully retaining Presidential records that are the property of the United States, and which constitute part of the permanent historical record of the prior administration,” the lawsuit stated, adding, “Mr. Navarro’s wrongful retention of Presidential records violates District of Columbia law, federal common law, and the Presidential Records Act.”
Navarro’s attorneys, John Irving and John Rowley, however, denied withholding documents from the government.
“As detailed in our recent letter to the Archives, Mr. Navarro instructed his lawyers to preserve all such records, and he expects the government to follow standard processes in good faith to allow him to produce records. Instead, the government chose to file its lawsuit today,” they said in a statement sent to Politico.
The lawsuit, filed in the federal court in Washington, is the latest in a slew of public battles between the former Trump adviser and US government, said the Washington Examiner in a report.
In June, Navarro was arrested and charged with contempt of Congress after refusing to provide documents or appear to testify in front of the Jan 6 committee. A judge set a trial date for November 17 after he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
By Ashe O