© Reuters. White House adviser Peter Navarro leaves the West Wing with a billboard displaying allegations of voting irregularity at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Erin Scott
By Patricia Zengerle and Jan Wolfe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol said on Wednesday it had subpoenaed former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, a key player in then-President Donald Trump’s efforts to reverse his electoral defeat. .
The committee said it was seeking records and depositions of Navarro who — according to public records, interviews and his own book — was involved in efforts to delay Congressional certification of the 2020 elections.
“Mr. Navarro appears to have information directly relevant to the select committee’s investigation into the causes of the Jan. 6 attack on the capitol,” U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, the committee’s Democratic chairman, said in a statement.
Navarro did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the subpoena.
He served as White House trade policy adviser under the Republican president. Navarro has said in media interviews that he helped coordinate an effort by congressional Republicans to stop certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election and keep Trump in power.
“We spent a lot of time lining up over 100 congressmen, including some senators,” Navarro told The Daily Beast last December.
“It was a perfect plan,” he added.
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