Navarro files emergency appeal with Supreme Court

 March 16, 2024

Peter Navarro, the former Trump administration trade advisor, just filed an emergency appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Navarro, according to Fox News, did so on Friday, March 15.

The former Trump advisor, with the appeal, is looking to get out of having to report to prison.

Navarro has been given a four-month prison sentence for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the U.S. House of Representatives.

What's going on?

This all stems from the highly partisan House Jan. 6 subcommittee. This was the committee that was supposed to investigate the Capitol protests of Jan. 6, 2021. But, the Democrat committee spent virtually all of its time going after former President Donald Trump, while, at the same time, allegedly hiding any evidence that exonerated Trump.

At one point, the committee subpoenaed Navarro. It wanted Navarro to hand over documents and to sit for a deposition. But, Navarro refused to do so, claiming that the sought-after information was protected by executive privilege.

This led to an indictment and conviction for contempt of Congress.

Navarro, as a penalty, was ordered to pay a $9,500 fine and to spend four months in prison. He is scheduled to report to prison this upcoming week.

Now, however, Navarro is trying to get out of having to report to prison.

The emergency appeal

Currently, Navarro is appealing his contempt of Congress conviction, and, while this appeal is playing out in the courts, Navarro believes that he should not have to report to prison. This is what he and his legal team argue in their emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The appeal states, "For the first time in our nation’s history, a senior presidential advisor has been convicted of contempt of congress after asserting executive privilege over a congressional subpoena. Dr. Navarro has appealed and will raise a number of issues on appeal that he contends are likely to result in the reversal of his conviction, or a new trial."

In the filing, Navarro's legal team further argues that there is no reason to put Navarro in jail during the appeal because he "is indisputably neither a flight risk nor a danger to public safety."

The Supreme Court has already notified the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that it is expecting a response by Monday at 2 p.m., suggesting that the justices will hear this matter very soon.

Navarro, at the time of this writing, is scheduled to report to prison on Tuesday.

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