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Former Trump Aide Peter Navarro Ordered to Begin Prison Term for Jan. 6

A federal judge has issued an order for former Trump White House aide Peter Navarro to commence a four-month prison sentence for contempt of Congress related to his defiance of a subpoena from the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack. 

Despite Navarro’s plea to remain free during his appeal, the judge rejected his request, leaving him with one final chance to avoid incarceration.

Navarro’s Appeal Denied

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Judge Amit P. Mehta denied Navarro’s request to stay free while he appeals his conviction on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress.

No Substantial Legal Questions

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The judge found no substantial legal questions posed by Navarro’s claims, thus ordering him to report to a designated Bureau of Prisons facility unless the appeals court intervenes.

Appeal Pending

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Navarro has the opportunity to appeal to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in a bid to stay his sentence. 

However, as of now, no reporting date has been set, and Navarro’s legal team is expected to seek intervention from the circuit court.

Navarro’s Involvement and Conviction

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Navarro faced charges for his refusal to cooperate with the House committee’s investigation into the Capitol attack.

Efforts to Overturn 2020 Election

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He claimed to have worked on a plan with Stephen K. Bannon to overturn the 2020 election results but refused to testify or provide documents, leading to his conviction on two counts of misdemeanor contempt.

Contrasting Cases: Navarro vs. Bannon

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While Navarro’s conviction stands, Bannon’s sentencing has been delayed pending appeal. Bannon argued that he was following legal advice or acting under executive privilege, which the court rejected.

Failed To Demonstrate Executive Privilege

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Navarro, however, proceeded without legal counsel and failed to demonstrate Trump’s assertion of executive privilege in his case.

Navarro’s Role in Trump Administration

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Navarro, 74, served throughout Trump’s tenure and was found guilty for his refusal to cooperate with lawmakers regarding his involvement in an operation called “the Green Bay Sweep.” 

This operation aimed to contest ballots from swing states won by Biden and sway the election outcome.

Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

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The events on January 6, 2021, led to five deaths, including assaults on numerous police officers, significant property damage, and the evacuation of lawmakers, following Trump’s encouragement of his supporters to march to the Capitol.

Significant Move

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Navarro’s conviction and impending prison sentence mark a significant development in the ongoing investigation into the January 6 Capitol attack, highlighting the legal repercussions for individuals who defy congressional subpoenas.

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