Peter Navarro, former trade adviser to former US President Donald Trump, was sentenced on Thursday (25) to four months in prison for contempt of Congress after refusing to cooperate with the investigation into the January 6 attack in 2021 against the United States Congress building, known as the Capitol.
As a result, prosecutors asked federal judge Amit Mehta to impose a six-month sentence on Navarro, arguing that he prioritized his loyalty to Trump over the rule of law.
Now, Navarro’s lawyers are asking for probation, saying the former White House aide believed he did not need to cooperate with Congress because he thought Trump had invoked the legal doctrine of executive privilege, which protects some presidential records and communications from being disclosed.
“They led me to believe that privilege had been invoked and that they accepted it,” Navarro told the House committee on Thursday.
The committee investigated the Jan. 6 attack by Trump supporters and broader attempts by the former president to reverse his 2020 election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.