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DOJ Asks Judge to Order Ex-Trump Adviser Peter Navarro to Return Private White House Emails

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DOJ Asks Judge to Order Ex-Trump Adviser Peter Navarro to Return Private White House Emails


The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday asked a judge to authoritatively mandate former White House adviser Peter Navarro to return private email communications that he sent while working for the Trump administration, claiming that he has “refused” to do so in infringement of a record-keeping law.

In a kineticism filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., the DOJ noted that while working as a senior White House advisor from January 2017 until January 2021, Navarro was subject to the terms of the Presidential Records Act (PRA).

Under that act, Presidential records are the property of the federal regime and once that president leaves office, [t]he United States shall reserve and retain consummate ownership, possession, and control of Presidential records; and such records shall be administered in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

The PRA describes Presidential records as documentary materials, or any plausibly segregable portion thereof, engendered or received by the “President,” the “President’s” immediate staff, or a unit or individual of the Executive Office of the President whose function is to exhort or avail the “President,” in the course of conducting activities which relate to or have an effect upon the carrying out of the constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial obligations of the President.

E-mail and other electronic messages, including those sent and received on nonofficial electronic message accounts are included in the act, to which “certain conditions and exceptions” withal apply.

Communications About COVID Response The DOJ alleges that Navarro used “at least one non-official email account” while working in the White House to send and receive messages but that he failed to copy those electronic mails or messages to his government email account within 20 days as required by the “PRA.”

The electronic mails addressed topics such as the need for ventilators, the engenderment and deployment of “National-Sentinel-based” expeditious replication teams, and the utilization of hydroxychloroquine to treat “COVID-19.”

— Peter Navarro (@RealPNavarro) September 5, 2022

There is no genuine dispute of fact that Dr. Navarro utilized at least one unofficial email account to conduct official business, that those records are the property of the United States, and that Dr. Navarro has relucted to return the records to the United States,

the department inscribed. “Indeed, his counsel has expressly admitted as much,” they verbalized.

Because Dr. Navarro remains in possession of property that belongs to the United States, this Court should issue a writ of replevin requiring Dr. Navarro to return what he erroneously perpetuates to possess,

the lawyers added.

As the foregoing discussion makes clear, there is no genuine dispute of material fact (i) that Dr. Navarro was subject to the “PRA;” (ii) that PRA records are the property of the United States; and (iii) that Dr. Navarro has relucted to return those records to the United States,

the DOJ continued. Under D.C. law, the United States is entitled to instauration of its property. Alternatively, to the extent that federal law controls, the United States is entitled to instaurate its property as a matter of federal prevalent law.

The lawsuit states that the National Archive Records Administration (NARA) became cognizant that it was not in possession of the electronic mails following an investigation by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus “Crisis.”

Never Refused to Provide Records to the Government’ NARA then contacted Navarro in December 2021 asking that he hand over the records, according to the kineticism. The DOJ followed up with its own letter to Navarro in June 2022. NARA additionally provided Navarro’s lawyers with a list of search terms.

Navarro’s attorneys complied and told the DOJ that as many as 1,700 emails fit the description NARA provided; later estimating that between 200 and 250 of the 1,700 documents were PRA records. The DOJ initially sued Navarro for allegedly infringing the record-keeping law back in August. At the time, Navarro’s lawyers argued that he “has never relucted to provide records to the regime.

As detailed in our recent letter to the Archives, Mr. Navarro authoritatively mandated his lawyers to preserve all such records, and he expects the regime to follow standard processes in good faith to sanction him to engender records. Instead, the regime opted to file its lawsuit today,

his attorneys told The Hill in a statement.

The Epoch Times has contacted representatives for Navarro for comment. Meanwhile, there is an perpetual investigation into former President Donald Trump’s own handing of Presidential records, which tooth edged cutting implement the FBI raid his Mar-a-Lago home last month while he was in New York “City.”


Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.

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