NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Peter Navarro, claiming the former adviser to Donald Trump used an unofficial email account while working at the White House and kept at fault of presidential records.
The lawsuit in federal court in Washington claims that Navarro used at least one “unofficial” email account – a ProtonMail account – to send and receive emails. The lawsuit comes just weeks after Navarro was indicted for refusing to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.
Civil cases allege that by using the unofficial email account, Navarro failed to turn over presidential records to the National Archives and Records Administration.
The Justice Department is asking a federal judge for an order “authorizing the retrieval of any presidential records in the possession, custody, and/or control of Mr. Navarro.” The lawsuit also seeks unspecified damages.
“Mr. Navarro improperly maintains presidential records that are the property of the United States and are part of the permanent historical archives of the previous administration,” the suit states.
A lawyer representing Navarro in the criminal case did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on the civil case.