Trump adviser Peter Navarro is sentenced for defying the committee’s January 6 subpoena

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Peter Navarro, former advisor to former US President Donald Trump, arrives at the E. Barrett Prettyman courthouse on January 25, 2024 in Washington, DC. Navarro, who was found guilty of contempt of Congress in September 2023, is attending the sentencing hearing.

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WASHINGTON — Former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro will be sentenced Thursday for criminal contempt of Congress, with federal prosecutors saying he “butted his nose” at the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

This charge carries a mandatory penalty of no less than one month in prison.

Navarro was convicted In September, he was charged with two counts of refusing to testify and provide documents to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, which issued its report It was dissolved in late 2022 after Republicans took control of the House of Representatives.

Federal prosecutors She seeks Six months in federal prison for Navarro, saying he “like the rioters at the Capitol, are putting politics, not country, first, and obstructing Congress’s investigation.” Prosecutors said Navarro “chose loyalty to former President Donald Trump over the rule of law.”

Navarro helped spread misinformation about the 2020 election after Trump’s loss and issued a report that Trump falsely said proved it was statistically “impossible” for him to lose the election. Trump referenced the report in his infamous “It’s going to be wild” tweet on December 19, 2020, encouraging his supporters to travel to Washington to participate in a “big protest” on January 6. That tweet, several of the defendants said on January 6, is what brought them to Washington?

Navarro’s attorney requested that any ruling on Thursday be halted immediately due to “new issues” raised in the case, including Navarro’s alleged belief that Trump had invoked executive privilege. It was Steve Bannon, the right-wing broadcaster and former White House official Convicted To four months in prison on a similar contempt charge in October 2022, but she is seeking that His conviction is overturned He has not yet served any time.

“Like Stephen Bannon before him, throughout the course of this case, the defendant has exploited his notoriety — through courtroom press conferences, his books, and through podcasts — to present to the public why he failed to comply with the committee’s subpoena: “Ignoring governmental processes and the law, and In particular, the work of the Committee,” federal prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “The defendant has written a book on the same subject that was the subject of the Committee’s subpoena. “He was happy to tell the world what he knew — but not Congress.”

U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta will sentence Navarro at a hearing that begins at 10 a.m. ET.

This article originally appeared on www.cnbc.com

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