The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Friday announced the indictment of former White House trade advisor Peter Navarro by a federal grand jury.
Navarro was indicted on two counts of contempt of Congress for his “failure to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 breach of the United States Capitol.” The subpoena required Navarro to appear in February for a deposition by the House Select Committee in March. However, the indictment states, Navarro “did not appear before the Selection Committee and produce documents or communications or a log of withheld records as required by the subpoena.” He did not request a time extension for his appearance or certify that he “conducted a diligent search for responsive records.” Further, Navarro failed to communicate in any manner with the committee after he received the subpoena in early February.
Navarro received a subpoena from the House Selection Committee as it had reason to believe that he possessed information that was relevant to its investigation.
If convicted, a district court judge will determine Navarro’s sentence, with “[e]ach count of contempt of Congress [carrying] a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in jail, as well as a fine of up to $100,000.”