Peter Navarro, former trade adviser to former President Donald Trump, found guilty of contempt of Congress chargesby refusing to cooperate with the House Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Navarro is accused of helping plan legislative action to overturn the 2020 election results so that Trump would remain in the White House.
Former Trump aide could face up to a year in prisonafter the trial in a Washington, DC District Court, where there were three witnesses against him.
Navarro’s defense did not present any witnesses on behalf of the 74-year-old former trade adviser, who became the second former high-ranking White House official to be found guilty.
It should be remembered that in 2022, Stephen Bannon, Trump’s former chief of advisers, was also found guilty of the same charge, after refusing to collaborate with Congress, where he had to be questioned about his claims of alleged electoral fraud.
Navarro and Bannon are part of the Trump group that has defended the alleged fraud in the election presidential election of 2020, but the former president’s team of lawyers failed to prove these allegations in any court.
The charges Navarro faces are one for withholding official records and the other for refusing to give a statement before Congress, both contempt.
In addition to prison time that the judge will determine later, Navarro also faces a fine of up to $100,000.
The federal prosecutor in charge of the case, John Crabb, said no one is above the law.
“That man believes he is above the law… In this country no one is above the law,” Crabb said.
• Justice Department says Pete Navarro is not protected from testifying on January 6
• The Justice Department has asked a judge to force Navarro to return emails from the Trump White House
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Source: La Opinion