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Trump adviser Peter Navarro hit with subpoena in Jan. 6 probe

Navarro has been vocal about his role in the strategy to claim voter fraud and subvert the 2020 election results that ended Trump's presidency.

WASHINGTON (CN) — The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection issued a subpoena Wednesday for the former trade adviser of President Donald Trump who helped concoct plans to stop certification of Trump's election defeat.

Noting that Peter Navarro has been vocal about his role in the fraudulent attempt to keep Trump in power, the committee says he should have no trouble continuing that trend with lawmakers in a March 2 deposition.

"Because you have already discussed these and other relevant issues in your recently published book, in interviews with reporters, and, among other places, on a podcast, we look forward to discussing them with you, too," Congressman Bennie Thompson, who chairs the Jan. 6 committee, wrote in a letter to Navarro on Wednesday.

In his recently published book "In Trump Time," Navarro describes how, following the Nov. 3 election, he worked closely with Steve Bannon and others in that orbit on a strategy he dubbed the "Green Bay Sweep," wherein Republicans would raise issue and claim voter fraud in six states where a majority of voters turned out for Trump's Democratic opponent, Joe Biden.

With Congress set to certify the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6, 2021, Navarro in his book says the plan was the “last, best chance to snatch a stolen election from the Democrats’ jaws of deceit."

Congressman Thompson quotes these words in Wednesday's letter but does not admitting to having read Navarro's book, instead linking to recent Daily Beast coverage.

Navarro told the Daily Beast for that article that Trump and “more than 100” members of Congress, including Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, both Republicans, supported the plan.

It was around the same time that Navarro told listeners of Steve Bannon's "War Room" podcast that he is opposed to the investigation that Congress is conducting into the deadly insurrection that broke out in the halls of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Navarro went on to call Bannon, who is facing criminal charges for refusing to comply with the panel's subpoena, "the hero of Jan. 6."

Thompson notes that more than 500 people have complied with the committee's investigation, which continues to dig deeper into those closest to the former president and the actors who concocted and participated in the plan to subvert the Electoral College.

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