Former Trump Adviser Peter Navarro Indicted For Refusing To Cooperate With January 6 Committee
Peter Navarro, director of the National Trade Council, speaks to members of the media outside the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Navarro, who has come out against a potential sale to Microsoft and advocated banning TikTok completely, has been at odds with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who wants the app sold, according to a person familiar with the deliberations within the White House. Navarro said there were “no tensions whatsoever” between himself and Mnuchin. Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Sipa/Bloomberg
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A grand jury indicted former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro on Friday on two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with the House committee investigating the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

One count charged that Navarro failed to appear for a deposition by the committee. The other charge is related to his alleged failure to produce documents requested under a subpoena by the House committee, according to the Department of Justice.

Each count carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. The committee subpoenaed Navarro in February for documents and a deposition based on the committee’s belief that he possessed “information relevant to the committee’s investigation,” the subpoena said.

Navarro “reportedly worked with Steve Bannon and others to develop and implement a plan to delay and [sic] Congress’s certification of, and ultimately change the outcome of, the November 2020 presidential election,” the subpoena said, according to the indictment.

Navarro is expected to appear in court Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET in Washington, D.C.

Navarro is the second top adviser to former President Donald Trump to be indicted by a grand jury with charges related to the January 6 committee. The committee, which Republicans have slammed as the government weaponized against the GOP, indicted former Trump aid Bannon in November on similar charges.

Bannon was indicted on two counts of contempt of Congress for allegedly failing to abide by a subpoena for a deposition and for documents related to the January 6 riot.

The House committee investigating January 6 has referred multiple former top members of Trump’s staff to the Department of Justice, including Dan Scavino and Mark Meadows, both former Trump chiefs of staff, according to Axios.

The House has voted, mostly along party lines, to recommend all four men – Navarro, Bannon, Scavino, and Meadows – to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress charges. The DOJ has yet to act against Scavino and Meadows, according to The New York Times.

This post has been updated with additional information.

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