Peter Navarro convicted of contempt for defying Jan. 6 panel subpoena

On April 1, 2021, Peter Navarro, a former White House adviser on trade and manufacturing issues, was convicted of contempt of court for defying a subpoena issued by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to appear and answer questions regarding his role in the White House’s coronavirus response. This is believed to be the first time an adviser to a president has been convicted for contempt of Congress. Navarro’s conviction followed the House’s rejection of his arguments that he was immune from testifying due to obligations of executive privilege. Navarro could face sanctions or other disciplinary action.