Ex-Trump aide sued by authorities over White Home emails

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Peter Navarro, the former Trump adviser who is often facing a fall trial on charges of contempt of Congresswas sued by the government on Wednesday over his refusal to turn over private emails he allegedly used to conduct White House business during the Trump administration.

According to court papers filed by the Department of Justice on behalf of the National Archives, Navarro “has refused to grant any Presidential records he has kept absent an exemption from the act of returning such documents.”

The lawsuit accuses the economic adviser of “unjustly withholding from the economic adviser Presidential records belonging to the United States, which are part of the permanent historical record of the previous administration.”

A lawyer for Navarro did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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The court filing says the controversy over Navarro’s emails began during a committee conference a review of the government’s handling of the coronavirus Pandemonium discovered that Navarro, who played often an extremely large role in the public discussion of the Trump White House of the pandemic response, that they used a private email account to do government work. From the perspective of the National Archives, those emails were official government records.

After more than a month of discussions about the matter with government lawyers, Navarro’s attorney told officials that between 200 and 250 documents could be considered presidential records.

Separately, Navarro has sparred repeatedly with government officials since then arrested in June on charges of contempt of Congress for allegedly refusing to provide evidence or documents to the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack.

Navarro has publicly criticized the agents who arrested him, and is due back in court next week as he prepares for a November trial on contempt charges. There was another former Trump adviser, Stephen K. Bannon was convicted last month in a similar case.

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