Peter Navarro referred to the fact that he had previously received instructions from the former president not to disclose information concerning the work of the previous U.S. administration.

The former head of the National Trade Council at the White House, Peter Navarro, refused to cooperate with U.S. lawmakers investigating whether the administration of the 45th U.S. President Donald Trump made mistakes in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. This was reported by NBC.

In November, the Committee of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress, which is conducting this trial, requested documents from Navarro. A corresponding court summons was sent to him. He was required to hand over the materials by December 8, as well as personally answer questions from lawmakers by December 15.

Navarro refused the committee’s request. He referred to the fact that he had previously received instructions from Trump not to disclose information concerning the work of the previous U.S. administration. Navarro stressed that congressmen should further contact the lawyers of the ex-president on this issue.

In response, the committee stated that they consider Navarro’s refusal to fulfill these requirements unlawful. The legislators noted that they still insist on fulfilling the request.

Members of the committee had previously argued that Navarro could have given inappropriate recommendations to the White House regarding the purchase of medical supplies during the pandemic. The ex-head of the National Trade Council told reporters that he considers this investigation and sending him a summons to be a “witch hunt.”

This committee was established last year. The lawmakers included in it are finding out whether the Trump administration made serious mistakes when taking measures to combat the pandemic, whether it followed the recommendations of experts.