Jan 6 contempt trial of former Trump aide Peter Navarro to begin after court rejects claims of executive privilege

Article originally appeared on thepostmillennial.com.

The trial of former Trump aide Peter Navarro is set to begin next week, where a judge and jury will rule on contempt charges he faces for alleged non-compliance with a subpoena from the House Select Committee on January 6. Jury selection in the United States of America v Peter Navarro is set to begin in Washington, DC on Tuesday.

The committee, convened under former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson, sought to prove that Trump incited an insurrection when supporters staged a riot at the Capitol after a speech on January 6, 2021. One unarmed woman was killed during that incident, shot by Capitol Police.

On Wednesday, Judge Amit P. Mehta said that he is not permitted to argue to a jury that he was unable to comply with the subpoena issued by the Committee due to executive privilege. The Committee’s term came to an end prior to the convening of the new Congress in January.

Navarro has said that his communications with Trump come under the then-president’s executive privilege. He told the Committee in February 2022, three days after he was told to appear, that “President Trump has invoked Executive Privilege in this matter… Accordingly, my hands are tied.”

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