Unlike Scavino and Meadows, Navarro publicly specified the commission’s request and made no attempt to negotiate terms for compliance. The subpoenas for Meadows and Scavino were complex.
Both officials served in senior positions in Trump’s West Wing, and thus had more compelling cases to claim executive privilege. Both also made an effort to cooperate with the Commission on various points in its investigations. Meadows privately handed over thousands of pages of documents, including text messages that became an important part of the commission’s work.
Stan Brand, Scavino’s attorney, applauded the decision in a statement to CNN, saying, “I am grateful that (the Department of Justice) exercised their discretion not to bring this case.”
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice declined to comment. A spokesperson for the January 6 select committee did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
A lawyer familiar with the Meadows and Scavino cases told CNN they were not surprised by the Justice Department’s decision. They argued that both men engaged the commission, and that unlike Navarro and Steve Bannon, who were indicted, Scavino and Meadows had serious claims of privilege.
The Department of Justice has been under pressure from House Democrats and others on the left for not taking more aggressive action in the January 6 investigation, particularly regarding the role Trump and his inner circle played in seeking to nullify the 2020 presidential election and render it unfounded. Accusations of mass voter fraud that led to the violent attack on the US Capitol.
This story was updated with additional details on Friday.