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Supreme Court Denies Peter Navarro’s Motion to Avoid Prison

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The Supreme Court denied former Trump adviser Peter Navarro’s request to avoid jail time while appealing his contempt of Congress convictions for refusing to comply with a January 6 committee subpoena.

Chief Justice Roberts ruled against Navarro himself rather than referring it to the full court.

Navarro was convicted and sentenced to four months in prison for not producing records or testimony.

He argued executive privilege and that imprisonment would undermine the separation of powers while his appeal proceeds.

However, Roberts maintained Navarro forfeited those arguments in prior proceedings and saw no reason to disagree.

Navarro decried the ruling and convictions as partisan and warned they set a precedent that could enable Congress and the Biden administration to target Trump next through “weaponized justice.”

He pledged to continue appealing on the merits of the case.

“Justice Roberts took care to note that his reason for denial was ‘distinct from [my] pending appeal on the merits.’ That appeal on the merits will continue and if I fail in that appeal – after nonetheless serving my full prison term — the constitutional separation of powers will be irreparably damaged and the doctrine of executive privilege dating back to George Washington will cease to function as an important safeguard for effective presidential decision-making. There is much at stake here and it is worth the fight,” Navarro said.

“The partisan nature of the imprisoning of a top senior White House aide should chill the bones of every American,” he added. “In Joe Biden’s weaponized justice system, a Democrat-controlled Congress and Justice Department together with an Obama-appointed District Judge and three Obama-appointed Appeals Court judges drove the Navarro railroad right into prison.”

“If anybody thinks these partisans and politicians in robes aren’t coming for Donald Trump, they must think twice now,” he said.

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