Peter Navarro, a former top economic adviser and close ally of former US Republican President Donald Trump, was found guilty Thursday in his trial of obstructing an investigation and contempt of Congress, where he was subpoenaed to testify about the January 6 attack on the federal Capitol. 2021.

Another former top adviser to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, an influential figure on the American right and far right, had already been sentenced for these offenses to serve four months in prison in 2022, but appealed. Judge Amit Meta set Mr. Navarro’s sentencing on January 12, 2024.

Mr. Navarro was found guilty of the charge that he refused in 2022 to appear before a committee of the House of Representatives investigating the events of January 6, 2021 and to hand over documents to it.

That day, hundreds of Mr. Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol, the seat of Congress, to try to block the formal ratification of the victory of his 2020 presidential rival, Joe Biden.

Leaving the court, Mr. Navarro expressed his intention to file an appeal, ruling that any “high-ranking White House adviser cannot be forced to testify before Congress”, as this is a violation of the “separation of powers”, according to him. executive and legislative.

He faces 30 days to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine on each of the two counts.

The special commission of inquiry into the January 6 attack had called in its conclusion, made public in December 2022, after 18 months of work, to bring criminal charges against Donald Trump, mainly for sedition and conspiracy against American institutions.

The Republican former president, who intends to run for the White House again in 2024, has been facing two criminal charges since August, one at the federal level, in Washington, and a second in the state of Georgia (southeast), for the illegal attempt that allegedly paid in order to overturn the 2020 election result.