Federal grand jury indicts former White House trade advisor for contempt of Congress in Capitol attack investigation
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Federal grand jury indicts former White House trade advisor for contempt of Congress in Capitol attack investigation

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.”