A contempt of Congress has been filed against an ex-White House adviser who refused cooperation with the investigation into last year’s disturbance at the Capitol.
Navarro is the second Trump aide to be detained after refusing to appear before a congressional panel probing the attack.
Prosecutors and the FBI were accused of impropriety by 72-year-old Navarro in court.
Only one week before the committee’s hearings begin, he has been indicted.
More than 1,000 witnesses have been questioned by a panel of seven Democrats and two Republicans in the US House of Representatives.
After ignoring a subpoena, former President Trump’s senior strategist Steve Bannon was charged with contempt of Congress.
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Mr. Navarro has been accused of obstructing the investigation into the Capitol disturbance of January 6, 2021, by refusing to submit testimony or materials.
On Friday, a China hawk who counseled President Trump on trade issues and sat on the Covid task team did not enter a plea.
Mr. Navarro may face up to two years in prison or a fine if he is convicted.
In the wake of his earlier detention by FBI agents at a Washington airport as he prepared to fly to Nashville, Tennessee, he expressed his displeasure with how he had been handled.
“What are their names? Because this isn’t America, “According to the Associated Press, the former economics professor testified in court. “For four years, I served as a distinguished public servant!”
According to Fox News, Mr. Navarro protested outside the courthouse after being arrested and placed in handcuffs and leg irons.
He declared he would defend himself to save money rather than hire expensive legal counsel.
The former assistant helped organize an attempt known as “Green Bay Sweep,” which was designed to retain President Trump, a Republican, in office if he lost to his Democratic adversary Joe Biden in November 2020.
As well as Dan Scavino, former deputy chief of staff to Trump, and Mark Meadows, the former head of team to the White House, the House subcommittee has proposed filing contempt charges against them.
Those two referrals will go unacted upon, it was revealed on Friday evening.
As a result, he has advised his former associates not to cooperate with the Democratic-led probe.
Former White House counsel Jose Navarro claims that his interactions with President Clinton were shielded by the legal doctrine known as executive privilege.
Former US Attorney General Eric Holder was declared in contempt of Congress in 2012 for refusing to cooperate with an investigation. Still, no criminal charges were brought against him, as critics of the probe remind.
In that case, Democratic President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege.