A Washington, D.C. jury convicted former Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro of two counts of criminal contempt of Congress over declining to comply with a subpoena issued by the now-defunct January 6 select committee.
On Thursday, the jury deliberated for about four hours at a federal courthouse in the nation’s capital before they returned with their verdict of guilty, adding the former Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy’s scalp to the political left’s trophy collection.
Each of the counts carries a maximum of up to one year in prison as well as a hefty fine of up to $100,000. The 74-year-old’s sentencing hearing has been set for January 12 by U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta.
Following his conviction, Navarro spoke to reporters as he was surrounded by left-wing activists who harassed him and attempted to deprive him of his First Amendment rights.
“Sad day for America, not because they were guilty verdicts, because I can’t come out and have an honest, decent conversation with the people of America,” he said. “People of America, I want you to understand that this is the problem we have right here. This kind of divide in our country between the woke Marxist left and everybody else here… and this is nuts.”
“So today’s Judgment Day,” Navarro told reporters as he arrived at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse on Thursday.
“I have been stripped, stripped of virtually every defense by the court and yet there is some defense left and the reality here is the government has not proved his case,” he added. “Please understand that the Biden-weaponized Department of Justice is the biggest law firm in the world. That’s what I’m fighting against.”
Navarro said that the quick verdict was no big surprise. “We knew going in what the verdict was going to be,” he said. “That is why this is going to the appeals court.”
“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,” said Navarro’s lawyer Stan Woodward.
“Peter Navarro made a choice. He chose not to comply with the congressional subpoena. Our government only works when people play by the rules,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Aloi told the jurors as she delivered the government’s closing arguments.
“We are a nation of laws and our system does not work if people think they are above the law,” the federal prosecutor said. “If people like the defendant can choose to ignore the government’s subpoenas, the work of our government to serve its people cannot get done.”
The heavy-handed treatment given to Navarro during his arrest last year when he was put into handcuffs and leg shackles at a Washington D.C.-area airport by federal agents after not complying with the sham committee’s demand for his appearance served as an example of how the FBI has been weaponized under the Biden regime and, in the eyes of many, now functions exclusively as secret police for the Democratic Party with the D.C. courts serving as a star chamber.
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