Justice Division suing Peter Navarro over Trump White Home emails

The National Archives first became aware of Navarro’s use of a personal email account last year, according to the filing, after a House select panel investigating the coronavirus pandemic obtained emails showing Navarro had used it ProtonMail account for official White House activities.

The civil law was assigned to United States District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, appointed by former President Bill Clinton.

It is a separate case from Navarro was indicted for contempt of Congress, which is also being handled by the Department of Justice. The select committee on January 6 subpoenaed him for documents and evidence in February, but he refused to comply with their subpoena, prompting the panel to ask the Department of Justice to pursue charges against him. Navarro also admitted that he received a federal grand jury subpoena relating to 6 January.

Navarro did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit comes as top Trump officials have drawn increased scrutiny for their failures to properly preserve documents and messages. Navarro wasn’t the only Trump administration official to use personal accounts to conduct official business — in aMonday’s letter to the department’s watch, one of Trump’s top Department of Homeland Security officials, Ken Cuccinelli, was cited by congressional investigators for his use of a personal phone for government business and failure to preserve messages.

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