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Former Trump aide Peter Navarro indicted for contempt of Congress in defying Jan. 6 Capitol probe subpoena


White House adviser Peter Navarro speaks to reporters outside the West Wing in Washington.

Erin Scott | Reuters

Former Trump White House advisor Peter Navarro was arrested on a federal indictment charging him with two counts of contempt of Congress over his refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on the U.S. Capitol.

Navarro, 72, had refused to seem to testify on March 2 in response to the subpoena and likewise refused to supply by Feb. 23 documents sought by that very same subpoena, in response to the indictment in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

The House of Representatives in April voted to ask the U.S. Justice Department to criminally prosecute Navarro and one other Trump aide, Dan Scavino, for failing to comply with their subpoenas.

Navarro, who served as a trade advisor to former President Donald Trump, was arrested and in custody Friday morning, awaiting his first appearance later within the day in Washington court.

On Monday, Navarro revealed that he had been issued one other subpoena, from a federal grand jury in Washington, to testify on Thursday about events surrounding the Jan. 6 riot.

If convicted of the fees identified within the indictment related to the House committee subpoena, Navarro on each count faces a minimum possible sentence of 30 days in jail, and a maximum of 1 yr, together with a superb of as much as $100,000.

The indictment was issued Thursday by a grand jury in Washington, and unsealed Friday following his arrest, in response to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

A letter to Navarro issued with the subpoena on Feb. 9 from the committee said that that panel had reason to imagine he had information relevant to the investigation within the riot and invasion of the Capitol, which disrupted for hours the certification by a joint session of Congress of the election of President Joe Biden.

The riot got here after weeks of false claims by Trump and allies that Biden’s Electoral College victory was the results of widespread ballot fraud in several swing states.

The committee’s letter cited reports that Navarro had worked with former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon and others “to develop and implement a plan to delay Congress’s certification, and ultimately change the end result, of … the November 2020 presidential election.”

Bannon himself was indicted on charges of contempt of Congress in November for failing to comply with a subpoena issued to him by the Jan. 6 committee.

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