(DCWatchdog.com) – HAPPENING NOW: This morning, based on a secret grand jury indictment, Peter Navarro, who served President Donald Trump as Assistant to the President, Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, was arrested.
Navarro, who remains in custody, will be presented to a federal judge or magistrate this afternoon and officially charged with two counts of criminal contempt of Congress for failing to respond to subpoenas from the United States House of Representatives Select Committee that is investigating any potential crimes that took place on or about January 6, 2021, when the riot occurred at the United States Capitol Complex in Washington DC.
Prosecutors took the somewhat extraordinary step in a case where the maximum punishment is only a year in jail of keeping Navarro’s indictment sealed and a secret until he could be arrested and confined reportedly because they feared he might flee the country, tamper with witnesses or evidence, or take other steps to interfere with the criminal case.”
According to CNBC, “Navarro, 72, had refused to appear to testify on March 2 in response to the subpoena and also refused to produce by Feb. 23 documents sought by that same subpoena, according to the indictment in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.”
Further, “A letter to Navarro issued with the subpoena on Feb. 9 from the panel said it had reason to believe he had information relevant to the investigation in the riot and invasion of the Capitol, which disrupted for hours the certification by a joint session of Congress of the election of President Joe Biden.”
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS REPORT FROM THE DC WATCHDOG.