Former Trump advisor Peter Navarro begins serving prison sentence

 March 19, 2024

This week saw a prominent former member of the Trump administration begin serving out his prison term. 

According to the Daily Mail, 74-year-old Peter Navarro showed up on Tuesday to the Miami Federal Correctional Institution, where he will be spending the next four months.

Navarro refused to comply with January 6 committee subpoena

That move came after Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts ruled on Monday that there is "no basis to disagree" with lower court decisions upholding Navarro's sentence.

Fox News recalled how Navarro was found guilty of defying a subpoena from the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

Navarro argued that he was precluded from complying with the subpoena because former President Donald Trump invoked executive privilege, a claim which was rejected.

"When I received that congressional subpoena, the second, I had an honest belief that the privilege had been invoked, and I was torn. Nobody in my position should be put in conflict between the legislative branch and the executive branch," Fox News quoted Navarro as saying at his sentencing hearing.

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

The former White House advisor added that he was "disappointed with a process where a jury convicted me, and I was unable to provide a defense, one of the most important elements of our justice system."

The Daily Mail noted that Navarro addressed reporters at a press conference on Tuesday, saying, "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."

"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 insisted.

"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 stressed.

Miami Federal Correctional Institution has held other famous inmates

Navarro also added 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."

Navarro is not the only Trump White House figure to receive a jail sentence for refusing to cooperate with the January 6 committee, as fellow former advisor Steve Bannon was given four months in October of 2022. He remains free pending an appeal.

The Daily Mail pointed out that Navarro is also not the first high-profile inmate to do time at Miami Federal Correctional Institution, as Manuel Noriega and an associate of Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz were also held there.

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