Peter Navarro, the former White House trade adviser under President Donald Trump, appeared at his arraignment on Friday morning. In front of a federal judge, he pleaded not guilty to two charges for which he had been arrested just days earlier.
According to The Hill, Navarro entered the not guilty plea for two contempt of Congress charges — both of which came as a result of his non-compliance with subpoenas issued by the Jan. 6 House select committee, as Navarro has long claimed that he was covered under executive privilege.
Navarro exits court after pleading not guilty pic.twitter.com/3RJFoyNTGE
— Logan Ratick (@Logan_Ratick) June 17, 2022
Navarro’s attorney attempted to delay the start of his trial until early 2023, but the judge refused the request, and instead set the trial date for Nov. 17. The ask was for Navarro to have time to go on a book tour later this year.
According to the outlet, one of the assistant U.S. attorneys prosecuting the case said, “delaying this trial to early next year, potentially April, would be clearly unwarranted given the facts and issues in this case,” adding that the “book tour” excuse was not strong enough to justify the request.
Notably, Navarro, until this week, was without legal representation, having said early on after his initial arrest that he would likely represent himself.
Attorneys John Irving and John P. Rowley, both of whom are former federal prosecutors, told the judge this week that they would be formally representing Navarro as he moves forward with his trial.
Former Trump advisor @RealPNavarro pleaded not guilty to contempt of Congress charges.
Navarro had been representing himself, but “being put in leg irons and having people want to put me in prison have changed matters.” https://t.co/BBb2AjECWL
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) June 18, 2022
The news of Navarro’s plea comes as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots finished up with its third televised hearing, during which they’ve attempted to paint Trump and his inner circle as conspirators.