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Jan. 6 committee moving to refer Trump aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino for criminal contempt

Both Navarro and Scavino snubbed subpoenas from the committee investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
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Peter Navarro, director of the National Trade Council, listens during an event on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, in the Rose Garden of the White House, on Oct. 1, 2018.Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images file

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol will meet Monday to determine whether two former Trump administration aides should be referred to the Justice Department for criminal contempt of Congress charges.

Peter Navarro, who was an economic adviser to former President Donald Trump, and Dan Scavino, who was Trump's deputy chief of staff, have both ignored subpoenas from the committee.

The committee is expected to weigh referrals against the pair in a meeting at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday. If the panel votes for criminal referrals, they would then go for a vote before the full House.

Scavino was one of the first people the committee subpoenaed last year. Navarro was subpoenaed last month. Navarro's deposition was scheduled for March 2.

Navarro, who has publicly boasted about plans to upend the 2020 election results, told The Associated Press that the committee's action was "premature" because Trump "has invoked executive privilege and it is not my privilege to waive.” President Joe Biden denied Navarro's executive privilege claims last month.

A lawyer for Scavino did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The House has already voted on criminal referrals for two other officials who defied the panel's subpoenas — former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

The Justice Department acted on the Bannon recommendation, which it does not always do. Bannon has been charged with two counts of contempt and could face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine if he is convicted. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to stand trial in July.

The Justice Department has not yet acted on the Meadows referral from December.