New contempt of Congress trial for Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro fails.

On Tuesday, a federal court denied a fresh trial for Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro, who was found guilty of contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a congressional inquiry into the U.S. Capitol attack.

A jury in Washington's federal court convicted Navarro, a Trump White House trade advisor, of violating a House Jan. 6 committee demand for papers and a deposition. Due to be sentenced later this month.

Navarro's attorneys said he was entitled to a fresh trial because political protestors may have swayed jurors when they took a break outside the courtroom before pronouncing a judgment in September.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said that Navarro did not prove “any prejudice resulted from the jury’s eight-minute break outside the courthouse.” The judge noted that jurors solely talked with each other and the court officer who accompanied them, and “there were no activities resembling a ‘protest,’”

Defendant not only fails to demonstrate prejudice, he has not shown that any juror was actually exposed to any improper external influence,” Mehta ruled. An attorney for Navarro declined to comment on Tuesday's judgment

Navarro followed former White House advisor Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress charges. Bannon was sentenced to four months for two charges, although he is free awaiting appeal.

Navarro said the “die was cast” after a court concluded he couldn't defend the accusations because Trump, a Republican, declared executive privilege. He pledged to appeal. After being barred from using executive privilege, the defense contended that Navarro had not acted “willfully” in failing to comply.

Washington federal court will sentence Navarro on Jan. 25. He received two misdemeanor contempt of Congress sentences of up to a year in prison.

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