'Peter Navarro, Donald Trump Ally, Convicted by Federal Jury'
Former Trump advisor Peter Navarro convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to testify on Capitol Hill attack. He plans to appeal.
Former US President Donald Trump's ex-advisor on trade, Peter Navarro, has been convicted of contempt of Congress by a federal jury in Washington. This comes after Navarro refused to testify before the House committee regarding the January 6 Capitol Hill attack. He is the second close ally of Trump to be convicted of contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas.
Navarro, speaking to the media, expressed his intention to appeal the verdict. He was found guilty on two counts after a two-day trial. The former advisor had refused to appear for a deposition before the committee and also declined to provide documents to the panel.
It is worth noting that Steve Bannon, a key figure in Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, was previously found guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress in July of last year. He was sentenced to four months in prison in October but is currently free pending an appeal.
Navarro, in response to his conviction, described it as a "sad day for America" and stated that he would also appeal the verdict. He emphasized that the case is far from over.
Meanwhile, Trump himself is scheduled to face trial in Washington in March on charges of conspiring to overturn the results of the November 2020 election, which was won by Democrat Joe Biden. He also faces similar charges in a separate case in Georgia.
In a recent book, Navarro revealed a plan called the "Green Bay sweep" that was devised after the election to reverse Biden's victory by obstructing confirmation in the House. He stated that Trump was supportive of this strategy.
Another former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, also refused subpoenas from the House committee investigating the Capitol attack. However, he has not been charged with contempt of Congress. Meadows argued that, as a former top advisor to the president, he had immunity from being compelled to testify, a defense that was unsuccessful for Navarro and Bannon.
The convictions of Navarro and Bannon highlight the ongoing legal repercussions faced by individuals associated with the Trump administration in relation to the Capitol Hill attack. As the trials and investigations continue, the outcome of these cases will shape the narrative surrounding the events of January 6 and their consequences.