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Fox News Cuts Away to ‘Fact Check’ Peter Navarro’s Prison Speech

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Peter Navarro, a former Trump adviser, reported to federal prison to serve a four-month sentence for contempt of Congress after defying a subpoena from the House January 6 committee.

In a speech before starting his sentence, Navarro framed his conviction as an attack on executive privilege and separation of powers.

“I’m asking you to fact-check everything I say today and write the bigger stories here, which I think are the important ones,” Navarro said. “Let’s talk about some facts here. I am the first senior White House adviser in the history of our republic that has ever been charged with this alleged crime.”

However, Fox News anchor Sandra Smith cut away to fact check Navarro’s claims, noting he had been convicted and the Supreme Court rejected delaying his sentence.

While Fox News opinion hosts had sympathetically interviewed Navarro, the “hard news” division provided a matter-of-fact rebuke, highlighting Navarro’s conviction and refusal to comply with the subpoena.

“He began by saying ‘not about me.’ he said this was about a crippling blow to the justice system,” Fox News’ Sandra Smith said. “To fact check there, it is no longer an alleged crime that he’ll be serving this four-month sentence for. He has obviously been convicted, and there was no evidence that would have excluded him, per executive privilege, from testifying.”

Smith added, “So [Supreme Court Chief Justice] John Roberts, on Monday, refused to delay his prison time. He continues to appeal his conviction, Peter Navarro, for refusing to testify before Congress for his involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Seventy-four years old. Peter Navarro, on his way to prison.”

Navarro maintains he did not want a pardon and will continue appealing his case.

“I’ll see you on the other side,” Navarro said.

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