Former President Donald Trump's ex-adviser Peter Navarro was convicted Thursday of contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House January 6 Committee, Breitbart reported. Navarro was found guilty of two felonies after the jury deliberated for five hours.
Investigators required Navarro to appear in court to answer for Trump's actions and movements on Jan. 6, 2021. In the past, Navarro has denounced the violence that erupted at the Capitol that day and turned out to be counterproductive.
The leftists investigating the incident have instead insisted that violence was the point of the "insurrection." In the course of their sham investigation, they subpoenaed Navarro, who failed to show to give testimony.
Now, Navarro will face up to a year in prison and $100,000 for each crime when he's sentenced. He's the second aide to be convicted following Steve Bannon's conviction last year for the same offense.
Federal prosecutors justified their case because "Peter Navarro made a choice," they said in court in the closing arguments for the jury. "He chose not to comply with the congressional subpoena," they insisted.
"Our government only works when people play by the rules," prosecutors added. Navarro’s attorney, Stanley Woodward, argued the government failed to meet its high burden of proof in the criminal case.
"For the government to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, it also has to prove that Dr. Navarro’s failure to comply with the subpoena was not the result of accident, mistake or inadvertence," Woodward said. "Do we know his failure to comply — beyond reasonable doubt — was not [an] accident, inadvertence or mistake?" he asked
"Why didn’t the government present evidence about where he was, or what he was doing? Something stinks," Woodward said.
Navarro echoed the sentiment that the outcome was a foregone conclusion. "We knew going in what the verdict was going to be," he told reporters at the courthouse following the verdict," CNN reported.
"That is why this is going to the appeals court. And we feel – look, I said from the beginning this is going to the Supreme Court," Navarro promised.
"I said from the beginning I’m willing to go to prison to settle this issue. I’m willing to do that," Navarro added. CNN asked Navarro whether he was receiving support from the former president.
“President Trump has been a rock in terms of assistance. We talk when we need to talk," Navarro told reporters.
"He will win the presidential race in 2024, in November. You know why? Because the people are tired of Joe Biden weaponizing courts like this and the Department of Justice," Navarro predicted.
The left is pursuing everyone involved in the Jan. 6 riot to teach them a lesson. There have been so many injustices in the course of Democrats' investigation, but maybe that's been the point all along.