Former President Donald Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro was sentenced on Thursday to four months in prison for contempt of Congress after he refused to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
In February 2022, the Democrat-led House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6 issued two subpoenas to Navarro, one requiring him to produce documents, and the other requiring that he give testimony to the committee.
After Navarro refused to comply with either subpoena, he was referred to the Justice Department and charged on two counts of contempt of Congress.
The former Trump aide was convicted on both counts by a federal grand jury in September 2023.
Federal prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta to give Navarro a six-month sentence, saying that he “brazenly defied Congress.”
Navarro said Thursday that there was “no reason for the harsh punishment” prosecutors were seeking, and asked that his sentence be put on hold while he pursues an appeal.
Judge Mehta did not immediately decide whether Navarro’s sentence will be deferred while he pursues an appeal.
Navarro, 74, is the second Trump adviser to be convicted and sentenced for contempt of Congress related to the Jan. 6 House Committee’s investigation.
Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist under President Trump, was sentenced to four months in prison and ordered to pay a $6,500 fine for two counts of contempt of Congress in 2022.
Bannon has not yet served that sentence because it has been put on hold pending appeal.
After months-long defiance from the president’s son, Biden has agreed to appear before the House Oversight Committee for a private deposition on Feb. 28.