Former Trump administration official Peter Navarro ordered to report to prison

 February 9, 2024

Donald Trump's former trade adviser, Peter Navarro, was recently convicted of contempt of Congress.

Initially, Navarro had hoped to stay out of jail while he appealed the decision, but a judge denied Navarro's attempts to stay out of a cell while the appeal remains pending.

Back in January, Navarro was sentenced to four months behind bars by Judge Amit Mehta after a jury found him guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress.

The convictions were the result of Navarro's defiance of "a subpoena related to the congressional investigation into the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol."

"Defendant’s request for release pending appeal is denied," Mehta wrote in his ruling on February 9. "Unless this Order is stayed or vacated by the D.C. Circuit, Defendant shall report to the designated Bureau of Prisons facility on the date ordered by the BOP."

It appears that Navarro will begin serving his four months regardless of his appeal's status.