Peter Navarro’s criminal case is assigned to DC federal judge Amit Mehta…. who is handling a broad range of Jan 6 criminal cases.. including the accused OathKeeper seditious conspirators
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) June 3, 2022
Taken from a long, info-rich thread.
From the Washington Post, “Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro charged with contempt of Congress”:
Former Trump White House official Peter Navarro has been indicted on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Justice Department announced Friday ahead of the first televised public hearings of the panel next week.
Navarro, who was a trade adviser to President Donald Trump, revealed he also received a grand jury subpoena as part of a related Justice Department probe in a lawsuit he filed Tuesday against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the bipartisan House committee.
Navarro, 72, is charged with one contempt count involving his refusal to appear for a deposition and another involving his refusal to produce documents to the committee, according to a seven-page indictment returned Thursday and unsealed Friday…
At an initial appearance Friday afternoon in federal court in Washington, Navarro accused prosecutors and the FBI of misconduct, suggesting that the timing of his lawsuit and the charges against him were part of a race to the courthouse. Navarro did not enter a plea, and said he would seek to postpone his June 17 arraignment and criminal proceedings until his civil suit is resolved, potentially running out the clock on efforts by the committee this year.
Navarro called the indictment a “preemptive strike” by prosecutors to sidestep his challenge to the legitimacy of the committee and invocation of executive privilege, although he could also move to dismiss charges on those grounds.
He said that while he spoke with an FBI agent and wrote a letter to a prosecutor as recently as Wednesday, he was given no notice that he would be arrested until he was pulled off an airplane Friday morning by federal agents at an airport near Washington, where he was departing for an evening television appearance in Nashville…
… As if I were a common criminal! and not an extremely important, due-all-possible-deference one!
Navarro complains that he was put in “handcuffs” and “leg irons” after his arrest
In his recent civil suit against the House Jan 6 Cmte… he’d specified the FBI agents banged loudly on his door to serve subpoena
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) June 3, 2022
… Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui released Navarro on personal recognizance on standard conditions that he notify the court before travel, adding, “If the government has acted improperly,” the judge assigned to the criminal case “will hold their feet to the fire and make sure there are consequences.”…
The House investigative panel on Feb. 9 subpoenaed Navarro, who has written and discussed the effort to develop a strategy to delay or overturn certification of the 2020 election. In a letter accompanying the subpoena, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the select committee, cited news reports that the former Trump trade and manufacturing policy adviser “worked with Steve Bannon and others to develop and implement a plan to delay Congress’s certification of, and ultimately change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.”
The letter cited a recent book by Navarro, in which he detailed a plan he called “The Green Bay Sweep,” which he described as the “last best chance to snatch a stolen election from the Democrats’ jaws of deceit.” The subpoena also described a report by Navarro released online that repeated “many claims of purported fraud in the election that have been discredited.”
With the public hearings of the panel starting June 9, the indictment might not produce tangible results in time for the final select committee report due before the November midterms. A criminal conviction for contempt of Congress can result in a fine and up to a year of imprisonment, but it does not compel an individual to talk. Legal analysts said Congress could sue to try to effect that result, hoping a judge would hold Navarro in civil contempt and jail him until he cooperated…
Navarro, who filed the lawsuit on his own without a lawyer, agreed to be represented by an assistant federal defender for his initial appearance Friday but said he would need more time to weigh how he wanted to be represented for the remainder of his case.
Navarro said he served honorably as a senior government official for four years, saving “hundreds of thousands of people’s lives” and jobs, and was being treated punitively by “a partisan Congress, a partisan White House, and a Justice Department that does not read its own” prior legal opinions regarding executive privilege and testimonial immunity.
This is even more evidence that Meadows is cooperating in my eyes.
Navarro was indicted quickly. https://t.co/91SWxHLUX3
— Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) June 3, 2022
Analysis: What Peter Navarro might have to offer federal investigators https://t.co/knqMx2PJke
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 1, 2022
In a lawsuit former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro filed against the Jan. 6 committee, Navarro states “just imagine what will happen to Joe Biden and his advisers if Republicans win… in 2024… If I’m not dead or in prison, I will lead the charge.” pic.twitter.com/6WpVnFb9Q4
— The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC ?? (@TheBeatWithAri) June 2, 2022
In a normal time in a healthy nation Peter Navarro would be one of the most notorious and shocking unhinged clowns in politics, but these days he’s barely D-list.
— OnlineDefamationExpertHat (@Popehat) June 2, 2022