Peter Navarro Reports to Federal Prison

( – Ex-trade adviser for the White House during former President Donald Trump’s administration, Peter Navarro, turned himself in to start serving his four-month sentence in Miami at a federal prison for defying a subpoena from Congress in 2021 during their investigation of the Jan. 6th Capitol Riot in Washington, D.C.

The day before his surrender, Chief Justice John Roberts rejected Navarro’s Hail Mary bid to keep his freedom during the process of appealing his contempt of Congress conviction. The former White House trade adviser was reportedly assigned to a dormitory in the Miami facility for elderly inmates, which houses 80 prisoners. Navarro will have phone and email access in the dormitory, according to a close source.

Before he turned himself in, Navarro spoke at a press conference at a nearby mall and called the case against him an “unprecedented assault” on executive privilege and the constitutional separation of powers.

The unprecedented event made Navarro the first and only former official of the White House to be imprisoned for a contempt of Congress conviction. He said the minute he walked into the prison after the conference would represent a “crippling blow” will have been dealt by the justice system to the separation of powers set down in the Constitution. Navarro vowed to appeal the conviction, even up to the Supreme Court.

Navarro was charged with and convicted of refusing to comply with a House select committee subpoena during investigations into the Jan. 6th riots at the Capitol, which sought testimony and documents from Navarro related to the post-election conduct of the White House in 2020. The former White House adviser argued he thought he had the executive privilege to refuse the House committee’s subpoena, which was rejected by the overseeing judge who claimed no evidence existed proving the privilege was invoked.

In January 2023, he was handed a sentence of four months, which he appealed along with the conviction. His bid to delay the sentencing was previously rejected in a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals by a panel of three judges.

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