Andre Bouchard Should Give Access to His Protonmail Account, As White House adviser Peter Navarro is Being Ordered to

OPINION

If former White House adviser Peter Navarro is ordered to relinquish presidential records from “at least one unofficial email account” (see MSN’s court story below) then Andre Bouchard, former Chancery Court Chancellor, should be forced to give access to his Protonmail account.

Bouchard does not dispute conducting state business in the Delaware Chancery Court’s TransPerfect case, on his Protonmail account, so therefore he should be ordered to give over access to this account, no matter that it is not an official government account, because he admitted that he conducted Delaware state business, which should open it to inspection.

As I see it, folks, the TransPerfect case was what forced him out of office when he retired less than halfway through his Delaware Governor-appointed 12-year term. Shouldn’t we be allowed to know what really happened? Do you agree?

Send your feedback. As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated.

Respectfully Yours,
JUDSON Bennett-Coastal Network

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‘Those Records Are the Property of the United States’: DOJ Uses Rare Procedural Device to Claw Back ProtonMail Account from Peter Navarro

Adam Klasfeld – Sep 27

Former Trump White House Advisor Peter Navarro (L) talks to reporters with his new attorney John Rowley after Navarro was arraigned at the Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on June 17, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

Federal prosecutors deployed a rare procedural maneuver on Monday night to seek a judicial order for former White House adviser Peter Navarro to relinquish presidential records from “at least one unofficial email account” without conferring immunity to him.

“There is no genuine dispute of fact that Dr. Navarro used at least one unofficial email account to conduct official business, that those records are the property of the United States, and that Dr. Navarro has refused to return the records to the United States,” prosecutors wrote in a 14-page memorandum. “Indeed, his counsel has expressly admitted as much. Because Dr. Navarro remains in possession of property that belongs to the United States, this Court should issue a writ of replevin requiring Dr. Navarro to return what he wrongfully continues to possess.”

Facing a pending criminal prosecution for contempt of Congress, Navarro courted a civil lawsuit against him in August over the use of a ProtonMail account when he served as former President Donald Trump’s trade adviser. The Swiss-based email company offers end-to-end encryption on emails sent to each other on their servers. The lawsuit, filed in the District of D.C., accused Navarro of flouting the Presidential Records Act and stonewalling the National Archives and Records Administration.

Facing a pending criminal prosecution for contempt of Congress, Navarro courted a civil lawsuit against him in August over the use of a ProtonMail account when he served as former President Donald Trump’s trade adviser. The Swiss-based email company offers end-to-end encryption on emails sent to each other on their servers. The lawsuit, filed in the District of D.C., accused Navarro of flouting the Presidential Records Act and stonewalling the National Archives and Records Administration.

The Justice Department turned up the heat on Navarro on Monday evening, seeking what is known as a writ of replevin.

“Because there is no genuine dispute that Defendant has unlawfully retained and withheld Presidential records that are rightly the property of the United States, this motion seeks summary judgment and a writ of replevin from this Court ordering Defendant to return all Presidential records in his possession to the United States,” the memo states.

Before the Justice Department filed suit, Navarro’s counsel refused to produce any records without a grant of immunity, according to court papers.

Former federal prosecutor Mitchell Epner told Law&Crime that the Justice Department’s motion would avert this impasse.

“This is a very clever procedural device by the DOJ to get the documents from Navarro without conferring immunity upon him for the act of producing the documents,” said Epner, who is now a partner at Rottenberg Lipman Rich PC.

According to Epner, this type of government request is uncommon — but then again, so is the alleged conduct that prompted it.

“I have never seen it done,” Epner added. “It is very rare that a defendant has physical possession of documents that, by operation of law, belong to the U.S. Government.”

Navarro’s attorney John S. Irving did not immediately respond to Law&Crime’s email requesting comment on the latest development.

In response to a prior inquiry, the lawyer asserted: “Mr. Navarro has never refused to provide records to the government.”

“As detailed in our recent letter to the Archives, Mr. Navarro instructed his lawyers to preserve all such records, and he expects the government to follow standard processes in good faith to allow him to produce records,” Irving said in August.

Having lost his recent bid to advance even a “colorable” claim of selective prosecution, Navarro will stand trial for contempt of Congress trial on Nov. 17.

About Judson Bennett

Captain A. Judson Bennett was a life- long resident of Lewes, DE. He served the maritime industry for 33 years, primarily as a Delaware River Pilot, guiding large ships to the Port of Philadelphia. Captain Bennett has been an active and consistent entrepreneur over the years.

He was elected as a Lewes City Councilman for 6 years. Afterwards he ran for the Sussex County Council as a Republican, and with 20 thousand people voting, lost Delaware’s closest election by 3 votes to an 8 year incumbent. Abandoning his personal political ambitions, he became the Republican District leader, advocating conservative values. Captain Bennett became a lobbyist in the state legislature advocating among many ideas, financial literacy concepts in education. He managed several political campaigns, including one for Governor of Delaware and one for the US Senate against VP Joe Biden. He is now the owner, operator, and writer for the Coastal Network which communicates regularly with over 6000 people throughout the State of Delaware.

Captain Bennett is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE (where the movie “The Dead Poet’s Society was filmed) and also graduated “Magna Cum Laude” from the University of Delaware with a BA in Criminal Justice and an MA in Liberal Studies.

He is now a Widower, living in West Palm Beach, Florida. Captain Bennett has one son, three grandchildren, and one great grand-daughter, all who live in Richmond, Virginia.