Trump Tells Former Assistant Navarro to ‘Protect Executive Privilege’ in House of Representatives COVID-19 Investigation

Previous President TrumpDonald Trump Pennsylvania Republican Party-controlled Senate will spend up to 0K on election inquiry Trump congratulates Rittenhouse on acquittal Memo: Rittenhouse verdict impacts polarized nation MORE He said in a statement Saturday that he is telling former aide Peter Navarro to “protect executive privilege” amid a House investigation into the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Communist Democrats are participating in another Witch Hunt, this time in the wake of my Administration’s incredible unprecedented coronavirus response, despite the fact that sadly more Americans have died this year from COVID than in all of 2020,” he said Trump in a statement. statement shared through her spokesperson, Liz Harrington.

“I am telling Peter Navarro to protect executive privilege and not allow these unhinged Democrats to discredit our great achievements,” Trump added.

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis is conducting an investigation into the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, the subcommittee issued a subpoena for Navarro, who previously served as Trump’s deputy assistant and business adviser.

“Mr. Navarro has refused to voluntarily comply with the Select Subcommittee’s requests, ignoring repeated attempts to obtain his voluntary compliance and otherwise without contacting the Select Subcommittee staff,” said Rep. James Clyburn (DS. C.), chair of the subcommittee, in a memo this week to the other members.

Clyburn said they had tried more than a dozen times to reach Navarro through calls, text messages, voice messages and emails, but were unable to reach him.

The subcommittee is interested in hearing from Navarro because Clyburn alleges that Trump’s aide awarded contracts for pandemic supplies to politically connected and unprepared companies. It also claims that Navarro spent more time peddling 2020 election falsehoods than focusing on the federal government’s response to the pandemic.

“This is another simple and superficial Democratic witch hunt. I will deliver a case of my new book In Trump Time to the Committee in appreciation for their invitation, ”Navarro said in a statement in response to the subpoena.

Navarro said he planned to deliver a copy of his recently published book, “In Trump Time: My Journal of America’s Plague Year,” to the subcommittee, claiming that it would show that the “committee is (as usual) barking up the wrong tree.”

The Hill has reached out to Navarro and Clyburn’s office for comment.

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