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USA: Capital committee wants to bring former Trump adviser to court

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The Capitol committee wants to bring the former Trump adviser to court

Peter Navarro, then a business adviser to US President Trump, before a televised interview at the White House. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP / dpa

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One group is still dealing with the January 6, 2021 attack on the US capital. And former President Donald Trump’s confidants are still refusing to cooperate.

The commission investigating the attack on the US Capitol wants to bring to court two key advisers to then – President Donald Trump.

The panel unanimously approved a statement on Monday finding that Trump’s former business adviser Peter Navarro and his then-social media leader Don Scovino had boycotted Congress. The next step would be for the House of Representatives, led by US President Joe Biden’s Democrats, to agree to send the case to the judiciary. The authority can then open criminal proceedings.

An attack on the heart of American democracy

Two months after Trump’s election defeat, his supporters besieged the Congress seat in Washington on January 6, 2021, after the Republican Party delivered a provocative speech. They wanted to prevent Democrat Joe Biden’s victory from being guaranteed. Five people were killed and dozens injured in the attack. The attack on the heart of American democracy shook the country. To this day, Trump continues to claim that he was unable to win because of electoral fraud. His camp has lost dozens of lawsuits against the election results.

Democrat leader Benny Thompson said Monday night that Navarro and Scavino were obligated to cooperate with the committee in the investigation. “They refused to do it. And it’s a crime.”

Hundreds of witnesses have already been questioned

Liz Cheney, the Republican vice president of the commission of inquiry, said: “Mr. Scavino worked directly with President Trump to spread the false message that the election was rigged.” Navarro is also an important witness.

Cheney said the committee has now interviewed hundreds of witnesses, including a dozen former Trump administration employees. MPs learned that Trump and his team had been repeatedly warned that their efforts to change the election results would violate the Constitution.

Of the nine members on the panel, seven are Democrats and two are Republicans, two of whom are openly Trump critics.


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