Mar 11, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Peter Navarro ordered to prison on March 19 for four-month sentence

Peter Navarro on the right of the image looking off camera with his hand to his chin. He is wearing a blue suit, white shirt, red tie with an American flag pin. In the foreground, another person's chest is seen in a jacket.

Peter Navarro, a former advisor to former President Trump, speaks to reporters as he departs the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse on Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Former President Trump adviser Peter Navarro has been ordered to a Miami prison on March 19 to begin serving his four-month sentence.

Why it matters: He could become the first high-ranking Trump official to serve prison time over actions related to Jan. 6, as the GOP presidential frontrunner historically navigates his own court cases during the election.

  • Navarro is attempting to appeal his conviction for contempt of Congress, according to court documents his legal team filed on Sunday.

Catch up quick: The House Jan. 6 committee accused Navarro of working to develop a plan to delay Congress' certification of the 2020 election.

  • He was sentenced in January for defying a 2022 congressional subpoena and ordered to pay a $9,500 fine.

Between the lines: Navarro's attorney said he had taken responsibility for his crime and should receive no jail time, though U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta challenged that claim.

  • Fellow ex-Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon's four-month prison sentence has been suspended for over a year pending an appeal.

What's next: Navarro's legal team said it would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court if his motion to appeal is denied, per court documents.

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