Trump’s Peter Navarro has been accused of contempt of Congress

When it comes to investigating the January 6 attack, there are some complex dimensions to the investigation, but the implementation of subpoenas doesn’t have to be one of them. as regular readers I knowPeter Navarro was a key insider in the White House under Donald Trump. he has important information; summoned to cooperate with a bipartisan investigation; He refused.

With that in mind, House Democrats — who didn’t want congressional subpoenas to be considered optional — voted two months ago. to despise Navarro And refer the matter to the Ministry of Justice.

This clearly did not go unnoticed in Main Justice. NBC News mentioned:

The Justice Department said Friday that Peter Navarro, a former Trump White House adviser, has been charged with contempt of Congress. Navarro, 72, was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on two counts of contempt after he ignored a subpoena from the House committee investigating Jan. 6 for testimony and documents.

By chance, Navarro featured on “The Beat” host Ari Melber reminded his guest of the paradox of circumstances: Navarro is ready to talk to the media about his view, but not to Congress. “Do you realize that these detectives can hear you when you speak on TV?” ask milber.

The question has gained some additional importance today.

According to the Ministry of Justice statementEach contempt of Congress charge carries a minimum prison term of 30 days and a maximum of one year, plus a fine of up to $100,000.

In case that wasn’t clear, Navarro isn’t a shadowy figure in Trump’s world. On the contrary, as we did discussNavarro was a key insider in the White House. seems to have pertinent information; and he Boast a turn Trying to reverse Trump’s defeat in 2020.

The fact that congressional investigators wanted answers from him was inevitable. The fact that he was accused of ignoring a legal summons has not been inevitable.

If this broader legal dynamic sounds familiar at all, it’s not your imagination. the home Been voted last fall to arrest Steve Bannon in contempt when he ignored a Jan. 6 subpoena, and soon after, a former White House strategist directed to him. Democratic lawmakers also voted to despise Mark Meadows, the former White House chief of staff refusal to honor A subpoena, but at least for now, no charges have been brought against him.

It’s hard to say with confidence why the Department of Justice has handled the cases differently—there may be a rationale attached to a larger case—but Navarro found himself in Bannon’s class, not Meadows.

Navarro is now likely to be treated like any other criminal defendant in the federal court system: he will be brought to trial; will enter a call. If he pleads not guilty, the judge will set a trial date. Navarro is expected to appear in court for the first time this afternoon.

Others considering compliance or non-compliance with subpoenas issued by the bipartisan selection committee should take note.

Complicating matters, this is not the only legal area of ​​legal concern for the former presidential advisor. In fact, it was earlier this week when Navarro publicly acknowledge That the FBI stopped him from his house for extradition else A subpoena — not from the Jan. 6 commission, but from Justice Department investigators who are also examining last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.

It is not yet clear whether Navarro intends to comply with this statutory subpoena, although the indictment before the grand jury should encourage him to cooperate.