It seems that his arrest for criminal contempt of Congress took Peter Navarro by surprise, and the prison experience left him shaken and disturbed. He has consistently refused to comply with the subpoena he was issued, and says that he can’t testify unless Donald Trump gives the order.
Navarro appeared on Newsmax days after his arrest to complain about the legal process. After refusing to comply with a Congressional subpoena, he was hit with a new subpoena, this one from the U.S. Justice Department. According to Business Insider, he responded with a lawsuit, calling the Committee’s subpoena “unlawful and unenforceable.”
It turns out that the subpoena does, indeed, have some force of law behind it, regardless of whether Navarro is ever convicted, because a Grand Jury made the decision last week to indict him, and he was arrested and charged with two counts of contempt, one for failing to appear, and the other for failing to produce documents as ordered.
Watch below as Navarro rants about the arrest process, including being strip-searched, handcuffed, and not allowed to make a phone call until he appeared before a magistrate.
Navarro: Everything from illegal aliens to Al-Qaeda terrorists were treated better than I was pic.twitter.com/XIs1VlUPxy
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 7, 2022
“He would not let me make a phone call to get legal advice at that point. I was denied legal advice until I got in front of that magistrate…Everything from illegal aliens to al Quaeda terrorists were treated better than I was that day. I get to the jail cell and it’s like, leg irons, handcuffs, strip search, no food, no water, no access to anything, solitary confinement…”
According to CNN, Navarro told Judge Zia Faruqui that he wanted to represent himself, without a lawyer, but the judge urged him to employ counsel, and he allowed the court to appoint a lawyer, and gave prosecutors contact information for his own attorneys.
He returns to court on June 17th.
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