Former Trump advisor Peter Navarro begins prison sentence

 March 20, 2024

Former President Donald Trump has furiously insisted that he has been the target of politically motivated prosecutions.

Yet Trump is not alone in claiming to be the victim of a weaponized justice system, as former White House advisor Peter Navarro made a similar complaint this week as he reported to prison. 

"I will walk proudly in there to do my time"

The Daily Mail reported that 74-year-old Peter Navarro held a press conference next to the Miami Federal Correctional Institution on Tuesday.

"When I walk in that prison today, the justice system such as it is will have done a crippling blow to the constitutional separation of powers and executive privilege," Navarro told reporters.

"I will walk proudly in there to do my time. I will gather strength from this: Donald John Trump is the nominee," the former White House advisor declared.

"The second and related story has to do with the emergence of lawfare and the partisan weaponization of our justice system which we have seen come to this country with a vengeance since the coming of Donald John Trump as president. And that keeps getting worse," he insisted.

Navarro said executive privilege blocked him from complying with subpoena

Navarro further said that he is "afraid for this country because this, what they’re doing, should have a chilling effect on every American regardless of their party."

NBC News noted that Navarro was convicted on a contempt of Congress charge over his refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the House committee investigating the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

While Navarro claimed that he was unable to comply with the subpoena as former President Trump had asserted executive privilege.

Navarro's appeal fails

However, this contention was rejected at Navarro's trial and the former White House figure was unsuccessful in his appeal.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit wrote that he had "not shown that his appeal presents substantial questions of law or fact likely to result in reversal, a new trial, a sentence that does not include a term of imprisonment or a reduced sentence of imprisonment that is less than the amount of time already served plus the expected duration of the appeal process."

Navarro was also unable to obtain relief from the Supreme Court, with Chief Justice John Roberts asserting that he could not simply ignore a House subpoena.

Roberts maintained that Navarro was "still obligated to appear before Congress and answer questions seeking information outside the scope of the asserted privilege."

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