Former Trump Aide Navarro Guilty Of Contempt Of Congress

The war on officials with the audacity to support former President Donald Trump continued Thursday. A jury returned a guilty verdict in the case of former Trump adviser Peter Navarro for defying a subpoena from the Jan. 6 House select committee.

Navarro was the former president’s director for the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy.

His conviction came on one count of refusing to appear for a committee deposition and a second count of refusing to hand over documents. Navarro afterward expressed his continuing belief that he is protected by executive privilege.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, however, ruled that Navarro could not employ this argument as a defense. He claimed that evidence was not presented to the court that Trump formally invoked executive privilege.

It was 14 months ago when former Trump advisor Steve Bannon was similarly convicted of not complying with a Jan. 6 committee subpoena. The co-founder of Breitbart News was sentenced to four months in prison pending appeal.

Outside of the courthouse, Navarro told the media that he already knew the verdict would be guilty and an appeal is forthcoming.

He said, “That’s why this is going to the appeals court. This is going to the Supreme Court. I said from the beginning, I am willing to go to prison to settle this issue.”

Navarro’s attorney, John Irving, declared the case is far from over. “We think that the evidence established that, in fact, President Trump instructed Dr. Navarro to invoke executive privilege.”

The defendant was a noted hawk on China policy during the Trump presidency. He also advised the president on trade issues as moves were made to discard or renegotiate imbalanced treaties that harmed U.S. business interests.

Navarro faces a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail with a maximum of one year. Sentencing is set for Jan. 12.

The former Trump aide told reporters that he did not call his former boss to testify due to the many fronts that the former president is being attacked from. Navarro said he is “fighting four different indictments in three different jurisdictions. We chose not to go there.”