WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump White House official Peter Navarro pleaded not guilty Friday to contempt of congressional charges after refusing to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Navarro, 72, appeared in federal court in Washington to be arraigned on the two-count indictment.
He was charged with one count of contempt for failing to appear for a deposition before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack and a second count for failing to produce the documents requested by the committee.
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US District Judge Amit Mehta has scheduled a trial for November. Navarro’s lawyers have called for the trial to take place next year, saying the case presents constitutional and legal issues that need to be argued.
Navarro argued that the select committee investigating the attack is illegal and therefore a subpoena he issued to him in February is unenforceable under the law.