The resolution passed 220-203, with two Republicans joining Democrats in voting to refer the two Trump aides to the Justice Department for contempt charges.
The Jan. 6 committee voted unanimously last week to refer the matter to the House. “They’re not fooling anybody,” Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said at the time. “They are obligated to comply with our investigation. They have refused to do so. And that’s a crime.”
The committee has released a 34-page report laying out the contempt case for both Navarro, a former Trump adviser, and Scavino, Trump’s social media manager.
Navarro, with the help of Steve Bannon, concocted a scheme to overturn the election called the Green Bay Sweep. He told Rolling Stone in January that he personally briefed Trump about conspiracy-laden reports he authored regarding “outright voter fraud,” and that Trump directed that Republicans in Congress be given copies of his findings. Despite interviews he has given and a book he published, Trump’s China trade guru cited executive privilege to avoid a deposition. The committee didn’t buy it.
”There are topics that the Select Committee believes it can discuss with [him] without raising any executive privilege concerns at all, including, but not limited to, questions related to [his] public three-part report about purported fraud in the November 2020 election and the plan [he] described in [his] book,” the committee wrote in an email to Navarro on March 1, CNN reported.
Scavino has also rebuffed the committee’s efforts to obtain testimony. The committee says it granted him six extensions of an interview deadline, but communications between Scavino’s attorneys and the committee, which had begun last October, broke down in February, and Scavino never sat for a deposition.
“[Scavino’s] two distinct roles — as White House official in the days leading up to and during the attack, and as a campaign social media promoter of the Trump ‘stolen election’ narrative — provide independent reasons to seek his testimony and documents,” the committee wrote.
Scavino spoke with Trump multiple times by phone on Jan. 6, the committee revealed, and has relevant information about Trump’s whereabouts that day. Scavino also unsuccessfully tried to get the Biden administration’s support for his executive privilege claims, the committee’s report disclosed.
The Justice Department is still considering a case against Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and the House hasn’t voted on the committee’s motion holding former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark in contempt after he agreed to meet with the committee.
Bannon was indicted in November, and has a criminal trial set for this summer.