From the Department of Justice:
“Peter K. Navarro, a former White House advisor, has been indicted on two counts of contempt of Congress by a federal grand jury for his failure to comply with a subpoena from the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 breach of the U.S.Capitol.”
“Navarro, 72, is charged with one contempt charge for his refusal to appear for a deposition and another for his refusal to turn over documents despite a congressional subpoena. The indictment was returned yesterday and made public today. Navarro will be brought before the U.S. District Court in Washington this afternoon for an initial appearance.”
“The news was announced by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Matthew M. Graves, and Steven M. D’Antuono of the FBI Washington Field Office.”
“On February 9, 2022, the Select Committee served Navarro with a subpoena in accordance with the indictment. The summons instructed him to appear and provide documents to the Select Committee on February 23, 2022, as well as submit to a deposition before the Select Committee on March 2, 2022. Navarro refused to appear before the select committee for testimony as required by the subpoena and refused to produce documents according to the indictment.”
“The Select Committee sent Navarro a subpoena, which stated that it had reason to believe he had information relevant to its inquiry. Since departing the White House on January 20, 2021, Navarro has been a private citizen. “
The Department of Justice has threatened Navarro with a slew of penalties, including jail time and steep fines.
The reports follow the acquittal of Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, who was previously charged with lying to the FBI. After the conclusion of the trial, one of the jurors remarked that “there are greater things affecting our country than a possible lie to the FBI,” according to the local media.