Former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro has been found guilty of contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Navarro was found guilty by a federal judge on Friday, and he could face up to two years in prison.
Peter Navarro Found Guilty of Contempt for Defying Jan. 6 Committee
A federal jury on Thursday found Peter Navarro, a former White House trade adviser to President Donald Trump, guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Navarro was one of four Trump aides who were charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas from the committee. The other three aides, Mark Meadows, Dan Scavino, and Steve Bannon, have all pleaded not guilty.
Navarro argued that he was protected by executive privilege, but the judge ruled that he had no valid claim to that privilege. The judge also found that Navarro had not shown that complying with the subpoena would have harmed the executive branch.
Navarro’s conviction is a major victory for the January 6 committee. It shows that the committee is willing to hold Trump’s allies accountable for their actions. The committee is now expected to move forward with sentencing recommendations for Navarro.
Navarro’s conviction is also a sign that the Justice Department is taking the Jan. 6 investigation seriously. The department has already charged more than 800 people in connection with the attack, and it is likely to continue to pursue charges against those who sought to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
The Jan. 6 attack was a dark day for American democracy, and it is important that those responsible are held accountable. Navarro’s conviction is a step in the right direction.
In addition to the legal implications, Navarro’s conviction also has political significance. It is a sign that the Republican Party is increasingly divided over the Jan. 6 attack. Some Republicans, including Trump himself, continue to deny that the attack was an attempt to overturn the election. Others, such as Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, have been critical of Trump and his role in the attack.
Navarro’s conviction is likely to further polarize the Republican Party on this issue. It will be interesting to see how the party responds in the coming months and years.