WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Former White House aide Peter Navarro, a key figure in efforts to challenge the 2020 election results, has been sentenced to four months in prison for ignoring a subpoena from the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack.
Navarro, 74, faced charges of criminal contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with the committee’s requests for documents and testimony related to his involvement in plans to overturn the election outcome. His sentencing marks a significant development in the ongoing investigation into the events surrounding the riot.
U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta, presiding over Navarro’s case, emphasized that Navarro’s actions were of his own making and not a result of political persecution. Despite being afforded due process, Navarro failed to extend the same respect to Congress, Mehta stated.
Navarro, along with former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon, had allegedly collaborated on a scheme dubbed “the Green Bay Sweep” to delay the certification of the election results and undermine the electoral process. The plan aimed to pressure Republican lawmakers and former Vice President Mike Pence to challenge the outcome, despite lacking evidence of widespread voter fraud.
During the sentencing hearing, Navarro expressed confusion over his obligations when subpoenaed by Congress, stating he felt torn between the legislative and executive branches. However, prosecutors argued that Navarro’s refusal to cooperate demonstrated a blatant disregard for the rule of law and the seriousness of Congress’s investigation into the attack on democracy.
The sentencing of Navarro follows a similar conviction of Bannon, who received a four-month prison term for contempt of Congress. Both cases highlight the escalating tensions between the legislative and executive branches over accountability and oversight.
While Navarro’s defense team argued for probation, citing uncertainties surrounding executive privilege and separation of powers, Judge Mehta ultimately rejected Navarro’s claims, emphasizing the importance of upholding legal obliga