Peter Navarro, a former economic adviser and close ally of former US President Donald Trump, was found guilty on Thursday of obstructing the investigative powers of Congress, which called him to question him about the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.
Another former adviser to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, a herald of right-wing populism, was already sentenced to four months in prison for the same offenses in 2022, but appealed. Judge Amit Mehta set a sentencing date for Peter Navarro on January 12, 2024.
Peter Navarro was found guilty of refusing to appear in 2022 and provide documents to a House committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021. On that day, hundreds of supporters of Donald Trump besieged the Capitol, the seat of the US Congress, in an attempt to block his opponent Joe Biden’s certificate of victory.
Intention to appeal
As he left court, Peter Navarro announced his intention to appeal.A senior White House adviser cannot be compelled to testify before Congress“, under penalty of violation of”Separation of Powers» Executive and Legislative. He faces 30 days to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 on both counts.
On January 6, 2021, the Commission of Inquiry, after 18 months of work, recommended in a report published in December 2022 criminal actions against Donald Trump, specifically against US companies, for incitement to incitement and conspiracy. The former Republican Party leader was indicted in August by a federal court in Washington and later by state courts in Georgia (southeast) for his illegal efforts to alter the results of the 2020 election.
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