According to the affidavit, the National Archives first learned of Navarro’s use of personal email. email account last year, after the House of Selectmen’s panel investigating the coronavirus pandemic obtained the email. emails showing Navarro used a ProtonMail account for official White House business.
The civil suit was handed over to U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton.
This is a separate case from Navarro’s Contempt of Congress Charge, which is also maintained by the Department of Justice. The Jan. 6 Select Committee subpoenaed him for documents and testimony in February, but he refused to comply, prompting the panel to ask the Department of Justice to indict him. Navarro also admitted receiving a federal grand jury subpoena related to January 6
Navarro did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit comes as top Trump officials have come under fire for failing to properly preserve documents and communications. Navarro wasn’t the only Trump administration official to use personal accounts for official business — aMonday’s letter to the department’s watchdog Congressional investigators have targeted one of Trump’s top Homeland Security Department officials, Ken Cuccinelli, for using a personal phone for government business and failing to save messages.