Peter Navarro, a White House trade adviser under former President Donald Trump, has described Steve Bannon as the "hero" of January 6 because he had a plan to halt the certification of the 2020 election results.

Appearing on Bannon's podcast War Room to promote his book In Trump Time, Navarro used football terminology to claim Bannon sought to stop the ballots in key states such as Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin being certified by then Vice President Mike Pence, so they could be investigated over false claims of voter fraud.

During the conversation with Bannon, Navarro also disputed the work of the House select committee investigating the events of January 6 and suggestions that Trump's actions that day amounted to criminal obstruction of Congress.

"January 6th, this whole notion that little Jamie Raskin's got that, somehow, President Trump wanted to do an insurrection," Navarro said, before pointing to Bannon. "You were the hero of January 6th.

"You were the guy who had the 'Green Bay Packers Sweep' strategy to go up to Capitol Hill," he said.

"Pence is the quarterback, we had a hundred people working on the Green Bay team as linemen, half backs and full backs, pulling guards, who were going to make sure we remanded the results back to the battleground states for a couple of weeks, so we could get to the bottom of that."

A video of Navarro's comments was posted on Twitter by Ron Filipkowski, a Republican attorney who resigned from a Florida state commission in protest at a raid at the home of health data scientist Rebekah Jones in December 2020.

The footage—which does not include a response from Bannon—has been watched more than 445,000 times.

Bannon has been charged with two counts of contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas and refusing to answer questions from the January 6 committee.

Newsweek has asked Bannon's lawyer Evan Corcoran for comment on Navarro's characterization of that day.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of only two Republican members of the House committee investigating January 6, shared Filipowski's post, adding the comment: "Peter seems to have gone full Heavens Gate both in substance and clothing."

Tom Nichols, an Atlantic writer, tweeted: "I'm nostalgic for the days when Peter Navarro was only an embarrassment to the academic profession and not cheerleading for sedition and violent insurrection."

Navarro also uses the "Green Bay Sweep" analogy in his book to suggest—wrongly—that Pence had the power to stop the results being certified during his purely ceremonial role as presiding officer of the Senate on January 6.

A press release for the book states: "As Navarro details, for the 'Green Bay Sweep' to work, Vice President Mike Pence would have to 'assert his constitutional power as Senate president [and] put certification of the election on ice for at least another several weeks while Congress and the various state legislatures involved investigate[d] all of the fraud and election irregularities that [would] be raised on Capitol Hill.'"

Navarro could be facing charges of contempt of Congress after he refused to attend a scheduled interview on Wednesday before a House subcommittee investigating the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like Bannon did before him, Navarro cited Trump's executive privilege in his refusal.

The former president has tried to invoke executive privilege to block the release of his paper to the House committee on January 6. His claim has been rejected by two courts and is now set to go to the Supreme Court.

Navarro has been contacted for comment.

Steve Bannon outside a courthouse in Washington, D.C. on November 15. Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro discussed January 6 on Bannon's podcast.Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images