The former aide of Donald Trump Peter Navarro has been arrested and charged with contempt of Congress on Friday 3rd June 2022 while trying to board a plane to Nashville after he refused to cooperate with the investigation of the riots in the US Capitol last year. He is charged with two counts of contempt, one for failing to deliver papers and the other for failing to appear for compelled testimony. Peter Navarro is said to be the second aide to Donald Trump who has been arrested and indicted. In November last year, the chief strategist to former President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon was apprehended and indicted after he refused to comply with a subpoena.
While in court Peter Navarro accused prosecutors and the FBI of unlawful conduct. During the investigation of last year’s US Capitol more than 1,000 witnesses have been interviewed by the US House of Representatives panel, which is made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans. Mr. Navarro could face a sentence of up to two years in prison or a fine. He stated that he would represent himself since he did not want to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal representation. Mr. Navarro claims that the legal notion of executive privilege protected his discussions with the former president. Meanwhile, Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin, a member of the House 6 January committee, has predicted that Donald Trump will “get his comeuppance” for the US Capitol attack.
Who is Peter Navarro?
Peter Navarro is a renowned economist who diligently served Donald Trump as his Assistant, he also served as a director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, and the national Defense Production Act policy coordinator. He was also a Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House National Trade Council, a newly created White House Office until it was incorporated into the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, a new job established by executive order in April 2017. He worked at the University of California, Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business is an emeritus professor of economics and public policy. He was a talented author who wrote Death by China and various works. Navarro contested for an office in San Diego for five times but all were unsuccessful.