Former Trump advisor sentenced to 4 months prison, refused to testify in Jan 6 probe

WASHINGTON: Peter Navarro, a White House trade advisor to former president Donald Trump, was sentenced to four months in prison on Thursday (Jan 25) for refusing to testify before the congressional panel that investigated the Jan 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

Navarro, 74, a Harvard-educated economist, was found guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress by a federal jury in Washington in September after a two-day trial.

US District Judge Amit Mehta sentenced him to four months in prison – two months less than prosecutors had requested – and ordered him to pay a fine of US$9,500.

“You are not a victim,” The Washington Post quoted Mehta as saying at Navarro’s sentencing hearing. “You are not the object of a political prosecution. These are circumstances of your own making.”

Navarro had refused to appear for a deposition before the House of Representatives committee that investigated the January 6 attack on Congress by Trump supporters and declined to supply documents to the panel.

Navarro is the second close Trump ally to be convicted of contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas from the House committee.

Steve Bannon, one of the masterminds behind Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and victory, was also found guilty of contempt of Congress.

Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison but remains free pending an appeal. Navarro is also expected to appeal.

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