The Justice Department sued former White House counsel Peter Navarro over emails. emails from a private account he used while working for former President Trump, and the alleged “illegal” retention of those messages. according to court documents.
Why it matters: The lawsuit is an unusual move by the DOJ’s federal programs division, which typically handles civil cases, to target the previous administration’s alleged lax handling of federal records. on CNN.
What they say: The lawsuit alleges that Navarro “refused to return any presidential records he retained in the absence of immunity from the return of such documents.”
- “Mr. Navarro 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,” the lawsuit continues.
The other side: Navarro’s lawyers said A hill that he “never refused to provide records to the government.”
- “As detailed in our recent letter to the archives, Mr. Navarro has instructed his attorneys to preserve all such records and expects the government to follow standard processes in good faith to allow him to produce the records. Instead, the government has decided to file its filing today,” it added. his lawyers.
- Navarro refused to testify or provide documents under the subpoena.