A federal grand jury has indicted former Trump administration adviser Peter Navarro on two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House January 6 committee, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday.
“Navarro, 72, is charged with one contempt count involving his refusal to appear for a deposition and another involving his refusal to produce documents, despite a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol,” the DOJ said in a press release. “The indictment was returned yesterday and unsealed today. Navarro is to make his initial appearance this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.”
The DOJ explains that “on Feb. 9, 2022, the Select Committee issued a subpoena to Navarro. The subpoena required him to appear and produce documents to the Select Committee on Feb. 23, 2022, and to appear for a deposition before the Select Committee on March 2, 2022. According to the indictment, Navarro refused to appear to give testimony as required by subpoena and refused to produce documents in compliance with a subpoena.”
“In its subpoena, the Select Committee said it had reason to believe that Navarro had information relevant to its investigation. Navarro, formerly an advisor to the President on various trade and manufacturing policies, has been a private citizen since departing the White House on Jan. 20, 2021,” the DOJ added.
Navarro claims that executive privilege exempts him from appearing before the House January 6 committee because he worked at the Trump White House. He has also said that the committee is illegitimate and is suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi due to the committee’s activity. According to Fox News, Navarro called any prosecution of him “domestic terrorism.”
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