The Department of Justice (DOJ) asked a federal judge on Monday to order Peter Navarro, former President Trump’s trade adviser, to hand over emails from an unofficial account that he used during his time in the White House.
“There is no genuine dispute of fact that Dr. Navarro used 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 refused to return the records to the United States,” the Justice Department said in the recent filing that asked the judge for an immediate ruling in its favor. “Indeed, his counsel has expressly admitted as much.”
The DOJ filed a lawsuit against Navarro last month, after he refused to produce any of the emails from his unofficial account without a “grant of immunity.”
Navarro was required under the Presidential Records Act to turn over any emails that related to his official work for the president. Any emails that were sent or received in an unofficial account had to be copied or forwarded to the official email account.
The National Archives and Records Administration became aware of Navarro’s unofficial ProtonMail account after messages were released by the House subcommittee investigating the government’s response to COVID-19.
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