The US House of Representatives voted, on Wednesday, to prosecute two aides to former US President Donald Trump. They are accused of involvement in the storming of the Capitol building last year.
These are Peter Navarro and Daniel Scavino, who at the time were working as a business consultant and deputy chief of staff to the president. They refuse to testify for months before the parliamentary committee to investigate the storming of the US Parliament building, which occurred on January 6 last year. Shortly before the storm, Trump called on his supporters during a speech in Washington, D.C., within walking distance of the Capitol, to do something about the electoral fraud he said he committed. No evidence was ever found for this fraud.
Scavino is said to have been with Trump the night before the storm, where he engaged in a conversation about the election results. Trump and his cronies wanted to try to prevent Congress from ratifying the election result that declared Joe Biden the winner.
The House voted 220 to 203 to sue the couple, with only two Republicans joining the Democrats. Scavino and Navarro should be held accountable for ignoring the law, said Benny Thompson, the Democratic head of the investigation. It is ultimately up to the Justice Department whether the two will actually be tried for contempt of Parliament.
At the end of last year, the House of Representatives actually voted to impeach former Trump aides Mark Meadows and Steve Bannon. Only Bannon is currently on trial, and his case is due to conclude later this year. Meadows eventually handed over a stack of documents relating to his contacts with Trump and other members of the party.
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