A former Trump aide is suing the federal government over his White Home emails

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Peter Navarro, an often embattled former Trump adviser, is already facing trial in the fall charged with contempt of CongressThe government sued him on Wednesday over his refusal to turn over his private emails. emails he allegedly used to conduct White House business during the Trump administration.

Navarro, according to court documents filed by the Justice Department on behalf of the National Archives, “refused to return any presidential records that he was not granted immunity from the return of such records.”

The lawsuit alleges that the economic adviser is “unlawfully withholding presidential records that are the property of the United States and are part of the permanent historical record of the previous administration.”

Navarro’s attorney did not immediately return a request for comment.

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The court filing said the controversy over Navarro’s emails began in a congressional committee to review the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic discovered that Navarro, who often played little role in the Trump White House public debate pandemic response, used a private email email account to do government work. From the point of view of the National Archives, those emails the letters were official government records.

After more than a month of discussions with government lawyers, Navarro’s attorney told officials that they believed 200 to 250 documents could be considered presidential records.

Separately, Navarro has repeatedly clashed with government officials since arrested in June on charges of contempt of Congress for allegedly refusing to provide testimony or documents to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack.

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

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