A federal grand jury indicted former Trump White House advisor Peter Navarro for contempt of Congress after refusing to participate in the House committee’s probe of last year’s Capitol riot.
“Navarro, 72, is charged with one contempt count involving his refusal to appear for a deposition and another involving his refusal to produce documents, despite a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol,” said the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in a statement.
According to the DOJ, Navarro is the second Trump advisor that was indicted for contempt after his refusal to cooperate in a federal investigation into the Capitol riot.
Navarro was officially charged with two counts of contempt: one for failing to submit papers requested by the committee, and another for failing to appear for summoned testimony before House investigators.
The DOJ revealed that each count of contempt of Congress warrants a sentence of 30 days to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
Navarro claimed he couldn’t comply because former President Donald Trump had invoked executive privilege in the case. The House committee refuted such points by pointing out that he had already written extensively about many of the themes they intended to discuss with him in his book.
Navarro has publicly admitted that he helped coordinate a “Green Bay Sweep” campaign to put Trump back in power after he lost the November 2020 election to incumbent US President Joe Biden.
The DOJ confirmed that Navarro is set to make his first public appearance in The District of Columbia’s District Court today.
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