Jun 17, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Former Trump aide Peter Navarro pleads not guilty to contempt charges

Former Trump White House Advisor Peter Navarro arriving at court followed by a demonstrator in Washington, D.C., on June 17.
Former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro arriving at court followed by a demonstrator in Washington on June 17. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro pleaded not guilty to contempt of Congress charges on Friday over his refusal to comply with subpoenas from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, AP reported.

What's next: A federal judge in Washington scheduled Navarro's trial for November.

Flashback: The committee issued the subpoena in February, requiring Navarro to appear before the body in March.

  • Navarro was charged with one count for refusing to appear for a deposition and another for refusing to produce documents the committee requested.
  • Each count of contempt of Congress is punishable by a maximum of one year in jail, as well as a fine of up to $100,000.
  • Navarro has maintained that the select committee's subpoenas are "unenforceable" and "unlawful" and accused federal prosecutors of misconduct.

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