Peter Navarro has been called on by the January 6th Committee and the Justice Department to testify about the events of and leading up to the January 6th, 2021 attack on Congress. He has not only consistently refused, but promised to avenge himself, Donald Trump, and the former president’s other allies through a campaign of attacks on Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and other Democrats in government, if he gets the opportunity. Now, a grand jury has indicted him for contempt of Congress.
Navarro was subpoenaed first by the January 6th Committee, and refused to respond to that call to testify, even going so far as to sue the Committee to prevent them from demanding testimony. This week, he was issued another subpoena, this time by the U.S. Department of Justice. Now, days later, he’s been hit with an indictment on criminal contempt of Congress.
Early in April, the January 6th Committee referred Navarro to the DOJ for a criminal contempt charge.
BREAKING: Peter Navarro and Daniel Scavino, Jr. cited for criminal contempt by House of Representatives for defiance of Select Committee subpoenas.
They will be referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) April 6, 2022
Since then, Navarro has fought for his right to avoid testimony, but has also been doing plenty of public speaking on the matter, including this MSNBC interview just yesterday, in which he ranted about being asked to testify, and declared that if Republicans take back power, he plans to carry out a campaign of harassment against Democrats, using the power of Congress and the Justice system to do so.
Early Friday afternoon, the Justice Department issued a press release, sharing that Navarro was indicted on two counts — one for failing to appear and the other for failing to turn over documents — and should appear in court this afternoon.
Former White House advisor Peter K. Navarro has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of contempt of Congress stemming from his failure to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 breach of the United States Capitol.
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 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.
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