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Ex-White House Trade Advisor Peter Navarro Sentenced to Four Months in Prison on Two Counts of Contempt of Congress

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Jury Found the Defendant Failed to Comply With Subpoena From Congressional Committee Investigating Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol Attack

            WASHINGTON – Former White House advisor Peter K. Navarro, 74, was sentenced today to four months in prison for refusing to appear before the U.S. Congress to give testimony and produce documents as required by a subpoena he received from the United States House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.

            The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves of the District of Columbia and FBI Assistant Director in Charge David Sundberg, of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

            Navarro, of Washington D.C., was found guilty by a jury on September 7, 2023, of one contempt count related to his refusal to appear for a deposition and another count related to his refusal to produce documents in response to the Congressional subpoena. The verdict followed a trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

            In addition to the prison sentence, the Honorable Amit P. Mehta, who presided over the trial and sentencing, ordered Navarro to pay a fine of $9,500.

            According to evidence presented at trial, the Select Committee issued a subpoena to Navarro on Feb. 9, 2022. The subpoena required him to appear and produce documents to the Select Committee on Feb. 23, 2022, and to appear for a deposition before the Select Committee on March 2, 2022. Navarro refused to either produce documents or appear for his deposition.  The Select Committee issued the subpoena to Navarro because, inpart based on his own public statements, the Committee understood he had information relevant to its investigation into the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

            Navarro, formerly an advisor to the former President on various trade and manufacturing policies, has been a private citizen since departing the White House in 2021. He was indicted on June 2, 2022.

            The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elizabeth Aloi and John Crabb Jr., supported by Paralegal Specialist Sonalika Chaturvedi, from the Fraud, Public Corruption, and Civil Rights Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. 

Updated January 25, 2024

Public Corruption
Press Release Number: 24-56