Ex-Trump adviser Peter Navarro guilty of contempt

Peter Navarro

Peter Navarro

Former US President Donald Trump’s economic adviser, Peter Navarro was found guilty Thursday of contempt of Congress.

He was found guilty following a jury deliberation that lasted nearly five hours.

Navarro faced two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with a subpoena served by the House committee investigating the events of Jan. 6.

The first charge pertained to his failure to produce documents and the second was for failing to appear for a deposition.

The former Trump aide stood off to the side of the defence table as the verdict was read — the same posture he maintained throughout the day-long jury trial.

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His face and posture remained unchanged as the verdict was read.

To determine Navarro’s guilt, jurors had to find that prosecutors proved four elements.

The first two are: Navarro was subpoenaed, the information the committee wanted from him was pertinent to its investigation.

Other elements are that Navarro failed to comply, and his failure to comply was “willful.”

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