Peter Navarro faces two counts of contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with the panel investigating Capitol riot.
Peter Navarro, a former adviser to former US President Donald Trump, has been charged with two counts of contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with a United States congressional panel investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
The US Division of Justice introduced the fees on Friday, saying that Navarro will make his preliminary courtroom look in Washington, DC later within the day.
“Navarro, 72, is charged with one contempt depend involving his refusal to look for a deposition and one other involving his refusal to provide paperwork, regardless of a subpoena from the Home Choose Committee to Examine the January sixth Assault on the US Capitol,” the Division of Justice mentioned in a press release.
Every depend may carry as much as one 12 months in jail and a most high quality of $100,000, the Division of Justice mentioned.
The Democratic-controlled US Home of Representatives had voted in April to carry Navarro, who served as an financial adviser to Trump, and Dan Scavino, a former communications aide, in prison contempt after they didn’t adjust to requests for data.
Navarro has beforehand argued that his communications are protected underneath government privilege, a authorized precept that safeguards a president’s communications.
Earlier this week, he filed a lawsuit asking a federal choose to dam the Division of Justice from pursuing fees in opposition to him for defying Congress.
Trump’s supporters violently breached the Capitol on January 6 to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory, halting procedures and sending lawmakers into hiding. 5 individuals, together with a Capitol police officer, died throughout or within the aftermath of the incident.
Democrats have mentioned the riots quantity to an revolt that aimed to reverse the election end result and hold Trump in energy. The Home of Representatives impeached Trump in his remaining days in workplace for “inciting” the violence.
Trump had addressed his supporters at a rally close to the White Home earlier than the riot, repeating false allegations that the election was “stolen” and urging the crowd to “battle like hell”.
The January 6 congressional panel has been looking for testimonies and information from Trump’s high aides and relations.
Navarro has grow to be the second former Trump aide to face prison fees over failing to cooperate with the January 6 committee. Final November, the Division of Justice indicted former White Home chief strategist Steve Bannon on related fees.
Late final 12 months, the Home additionally voted to carry former White Home chief of employees Mark Meadows in contempt. Meadows and Scavino haven’t been charged by the Division of Justice.