Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro was taken into custody on Friday morning by FBI agents from the bureau’s Washington field office, after being indicted for refusing to comply “in any way” with a subpoena issued in February by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan 6 insurrection.
Navarro was arrested hours after a federal grand jury indicted him on contempt of Congress charges, all while blabbing on TV about his involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 election, The Daily Beast reports.
The 72-year-old MAGA loyalist is the second Trump administration official to be charged for refusing to engage with the committee after Steve Bannon was federally indicted last November.
As noted by The Daily Beast, “Navarro’s arrest also spells trouble for Trump’s social-media guru Dan Scavino, who was held in contempt by House lawmakers at the same time as Navarro.”
Navarro faces one contempt count for refusing to appear for a deposition, and another count for refusing to produce documents, the Justice Department announced Friday. He is expected to appear in federal court in Washington, D.C. on Friday afternoon, according to The Beast.
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