A former adviser to US President Donald Trump is charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with the House of Representatives in the investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack on Capitol Hill.
The decision was made by a federal grand jury on Thursday, then unveiled by the US Department of Justice on Friday.
A first charge concerns his refusal to appear before the commission of inquiry. A second charge accuses him of his refusal to submit documents.
Each count can carry anywhere from 30 days to a year in jail, plus a $100,000 fine.
In its subpoena, the Board of Inquiry said it had reason to believe that Peter Navarro has information relevant to their work.
Last month, the House of Representatives recommended the indictment of Peter Navarro and Daniel Scavino, a former chief of staff to President Trump. Last December, she also voted in favor of the indictment of Mark Meadows, also former chief of staff of President Trump. On this case, the Department of Justice remained silent.
Peter Navarro is not the first close adviser to Donald Trump to face criminal charges. Last November, strategist Stephen Bannon was also prosecuted for refusing to testify and submit documents to the commission.
Public hearings on the January 6, 2021 assault will take place next week.