WASHINGTON — Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has refused to comply with a subpoena for documents issued by the congressional panel investigating the Trump administration’s pandemic response, Navarro said in a letter released by the panel.In his refusal, Navarro cited a “direct order” from former President Donald Trump to claim executive privilege. The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis made the letter public Saturday when its chairman, James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., sent a letter in response to Navarro’s refusal.”Your blanket refusal to comply with the subpoena in its entirety is improper,” Clyburn said. “Courts have clearly held that White House advisers, such as yourself, cannot avoid compelled congressional process.”Navarro’s letter said Trump had told him to “protect executive privilege and not let these unhinged Democrats discredit our great accomplishments.””At this time, I am unable to respond to the Subpoena, based on former President Trump’s invocation of executive privilege,” Navarro wrote to the House panel Tuesday.This “matter is out of my hands and something that the Sub-Committee should discuss with President Trump’s counsel,” he said.The House panel’s investigation into the handling of the pandemic has come under fire from Trump allies who have said it is politically motivated.

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