Former Trump White House trade adviser Peter Navarro says the House committee looking into the events of Jan. 6 is “trying to build a hoax,” rather than pursue an actual investigation.
During a interview Monday with Newsmax, Navarro claimed that the Jan. 6 committee, a nine member panel assembled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and primarily made up of Democrats, was nothing more than a “kangaroo court” trying to keep former President Donald Trump out of office.
“What the committee is doing, as a kangaroo court in violation of separation of powers, is trying to build a hoax — like the Russia hoax — as a way of stopping Donald Trump from becoming president in January of 2025,” Navarro said.
The former Trump administration official also raised a number of unanswered questions he said the committee would be investigating if they were actually interested in “getting to the bottom” of the events of Jan. 6.
“For example, why did Pelosi leave the perimeter [of the Capitol] lightly guarded?” Navarro asked. “Why did Secretary of Defense Mark Esper leave the National Guard so far away? Why were FBI informants possibly instigating the violence?”
In the past week, the Jan. 6 panel has come under fire for accepting hearsay and refusing to verify the claims of their witnesses. When committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) was asked why the panel hadn’t corroborated the testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, Lofgren said that wasn’t how the committee operated.
“We never call in witnesses to corroborate other witnesses, or to give their reaction to other witnesses,” Lofgren said.
The controversy over Hutchinson’s testimony came after it was revealed that multiple parts of her account of Jan. 6 were plainly false. Hutchinson, a former aide to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, claimed that Trump lawyer Pat Cipollone had told her at the White House to keep Trump away from the Capitol, despite the fact that Cipollone wasn’t present at the White House on the morning of Jan. 6.
Hutchinson also claimed Trump had tried to hijack the presidential limousine and redirect it towards the Capitol, but two Secret Service agents disputed the story, saying it had never occurred.