Former Trump adviser Navarro charged with contempt of Congress – Department of Justice
Peter Navarro, former trade adviser to President Donald Trump, has been charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with a House of Representatives investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, the department said Friday. of Justice. A federal grand jury has charged Navarro with one count involving his refusal to appear for a Jan. 6 select committee deposition and another count with his refusal to produce documents in response to a subpoena. to appear, the department said.
Navarro was scheduled to appear for the first time on Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Navarro, a protectionist and longtime trade hawk on China, is the second prominent Trump adviser to face criminal charges in the investigation, although the House Select Committee on January 6 recommended charges against several former officials and assistants who refused to cooperate.
Stephen Bannon, the Republican president’s former chief strategist, was criminally charged in November for defying a committee subpoena. The Democratic-controlled U.S. House in April recommended contempt charges against Navarro and Daniel Scavino, Trump’s former deputy chief of staff.
In December, the chamber voted in favor of a contempt charge against Mark Meadows, a former House member who became Trump’s chief of staff. The Justice Department did not say whether charges would be filed. In his subpoena, the Jan . Committee 6 said it had reason to believe Navarro had information relevant to its investigation, the department said.
The indictment was released on Thursday and unsealed on Friday. Each count of contempt of Congress is punishable by a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in prison, as well as a fine of up to $100,000. Some 800 people, including many White House aides, have been interviewed as part of the committee’s investigation, as the panel prepares for public hearings that begin next week.
The Democratic-led select committee investigated the events leading up to the assault on the US government headquarters by thousands of Trump supporters on January 6, 2021, when Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers met to certify Democrat Biden’s victory in the November 2020 presidential election. After Trump repeated his false claims at a raucous rally that his defeat was the result of fraud, mobs rampaged through the Capitol, injuring police officers and dispatching Pence, lawmakers, staff and reporters flee for security reasons.
Navarro, who was also part of Trump’s COVID-19 task force, said in media interviews and in his book that he helped coordinate an effort to stop certification of Biden’s victory and keep Trump in power. . Four people died the day of the attack and a Capitol Police officer who fought with rioters died the following day. Four officers have since committed suicide.
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