Peter Navarro convicted of contempt of Congress for ignoring Jan. 6 committee subpoena
Navarro is the second Trump aide to be convicted of such charges.
A jury on Thursday convicted former Trump advisor Peter Navarro of contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee to testify and provide documents.
Navarro faced two misdemeanor counts, each of which carry a maximum of one year in prison, the Associated Press reported. Each count further comes with a possible $100,000 fine.
The former Trump advisor had publicly argued that Trump personally directed him not to cooperate with the committee, citing executive privilege, the New York Times noted. D.C. Federal District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta, however, refused to permit Navarro to make the argument in court.
During the Trump administration, he served as the director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and briefly as the director of the National Trade Council.
Navarro is the second Trump aide to be convicted of such charges after former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was convicted on two counts last year. Bannon has thus far stayed out of prison and is appealing his conviction.
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