- Peter Navarro claims in a new book that Trump was brought down by “bad staff” during his first term.
- Navarro is pitching Janine Pirro to lead the Justice Department as attorney general and other new blood for a second term.
- A judge rejected Navarro’s attempt to delay his upcoming criminal trial to promote his book.
Two months before he was to stand trial on charges of contempt of Congress, former White House adviser Peter Navarro released a book in September in which he blamed former President Donald Trump’s downfall on the “bad staff” who surrounded him in the White House.
With hopes for a second term for Trump, Navarro has some thoughts on the cabinet members he thinks might prove more loyal if the former president takes back the White House in 2025. Navarro’s upcoming book — titled “To Take Back Trump’s America’ – lays out his idea for a dream team around Trump, should he run for re-election and win a second term.
Navarro, a top White House trade adviser who now faces a federal trial in November, was not in Trump’s cabinet. According to Axios, Navarro’s ideal cabinet in a second Trump administration would include a mix of “old gang” alumni from his first term and new blood who, like him, have been loyal to the former president. Navarro nominates former judge Janine Pirro, now a Fox News anchor, for attorney general; former Trump national security adviser Robert O’Brien for secretary of state; and Kash Patel, a former Pentagon official in the final weeks of the administration, as director of national intelligence.
As Insider first reported in 2021, Trump advisers were considering appointing Patel as the FBI’s deputy director, in a move that would break with the bureau’s tradition of having a career agent serve as a secondary employee. Trump also intended to replace FBI Director Chris Wray with Bill Evanina, a top national security official, but the former president backed out after then-Attorney General William Barr threatened to resign if he followed through.
In his memoir, published earlier this year, Barr said Patel’s consideration for FBI deputy director showed a “shocking detachment from reality.”
Patel came to the attention of the House Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, which subpoenaed him in September 2021. At the time of the Capitol attack, Patel served as chief of staff to Acting Secretary of State Chris Miller. defense , and he is considered a key witness in the House committee’s investigation into how the White House and Pentagon prepared for and responded to the events of January 6.
For Navarro, other ideal cabinet picks would include former congressman Sean Duffy, now a Fox News contributor, as transportation secretary and Oracle CEO Safra Katz or Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, as ambassador to the United Nations. Navarro wrote that he would like Ben Carson and Ken Cuccinelli to reprise their roles as heads of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Homeland Security, respectively.
Navarro served as a senior White House trade adviser during the Trump administration and is likely to return for a senior role in a second term, according to Axios.
In June, a federal grand jury indicted Navarro on two counts of contempt of Congress in connection with defying a House committee investigating Jan. 6 and Trump’s efforts to overturn the election. Navarro tried to delay the process until 2023, arguing that he needed the end of 2022 to promote his book.
But the federal judge presiding over his case scheduled the trial to begin in November.
In a sign of the bleak outlook for Navarro’s trial, jurors in Washington needed less than three hours of deliberation to find Trump ally Steve Bannon guilty of contempt of Congress over his own defiance of a House committee. representatives from January 6. But before he was sentenced at trial, Bannon found time to review Navarro’s book.
In a promotional page on Simon & Schuster’s website, Bannon described Navarro’s book as “a brass-knuckle insider’s account of the relentless fall in 2020 and miraculous rise in 2024 of the Trump White House.”