House votes along party lines to hold Trump aides Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro in contempt of Congress

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) hand-picked Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in 2021 has made it abundantly clear that it seeks vengeance and retribution against former President Donald Trump and his associates for their purported roles in that fateful day.

In that regard, the full House just voted to hold two top Trump associates, Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino, in criminal contempt of Congress, the Washington Examiner reported.

The vote sends the committee’s recommendation for prosecution of those two to the Justice Department and, if actually tried and convicted on the contempt charge, both men face the prospect of up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Held in criminal contempt of Congress

The reasons for the contempt charges for Navarro and Scavino were detailed in a 34-page report that revealed how both men had refused to comply with subpoenas issued by the Select Committee for certain documents and testimony, citing the former president’s executive privilege.

Navarro, Trump’s former trade adviser, and Scavino, Trump’s social media manager, are alleged by the committee to have played key roles in the runup to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — Navarro by way of a “strategy” to overturn the 2020 election results and Scavino with respect to the “Stop the Steal” rally just prior to the riot and his close proximity to Trump that day.

The report denoted multiple efforts by the committee to compel the mens’ cooperation through subpoenas that were repeatedly rejected or ignored.

Politico reported that the House vote on the contempt of Congress charges for Navarro and Scavino was 220-203, a nearly party-line vote except for two Republicans who joined with the Democrats — Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), the two anti-Trump GOP members picked by Pelosi to make her vengeful committee a “bipartisan” affair.

Navarro and Scavino now join former Trump aides Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows, the former White House chief of staff, as having been held in contempt of Congress — a contempt that is undoubtedly mutual. Thus far, the DOJ has only moved forward with prosecution on the contempt charge against Bannon.

“They want political punishment”

The Hill reported that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who is favored to become Speaker if the GOP reclaims the House in the midterm elections, made it clear in his opposition to the contempt of Congress charges against Navarro and Scavino that the Select Committee will be quickly scuttled if and when that transfer of control occurs.

Also mounting a spirited defense of Navarro and Scavino on the House floor was Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), who argued that neither men were deserving of prison for not cooperating with the committee’s demands.

“Contempt is not enforcement; it’s punishment. Contempt won’t get the committee any information. Only the court can do that. But they don’t want to go to the judiciary. They don’t want neutral arbitration. They want political punishment,” Banks said of the committee’s contempt charges.

It remains to be seen if anything further comes from this recommended contempt of Congress charge for the pair and whether either will ever be compelled to cooperate with the committee or if they can wait out the clock until the committee is sacked under GOP leadership.

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