Former Trump Aide Surrenders Himself to Authorities

( – Former Trump administration economic adviser Peter Navarro, 74, reported to a federal prison on Tuesday, March 19th to begin a 4-month incarceration for a conviction on a contempt of Congress charge.

Navarro famously refused to appear before Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 Select Committee, despite being under subpoena. The committee was widely regarded as a sham by Trump and his supporters due to Pelosi’s refusal to allow any conservatives on the panel.

She did grant seats to Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) who were both widely regarded as neoconservatives or RINOs; the epithet is applied to “Republicans In Name Only.” The final report from the committee blamed Donald Trump for everything and was hotly criticized for cherry-picking its evidence and presenting a partisan summary of the incident.

Navarro was defiant outside the facility, giving a speech to those gathered wherein he suggested the justice system was being abused by political actors weaponizing it to punish their political enemies.

Navarro had requested to be allowed to remain out of prison pending his appeals, but D.C. District Judge Amit Mehta declined to grant him the privilege. An Appeals Court and the U.S. Supreme Court also declined to intervene, suggesting that there was no basis for interference. Navarro’s appeal could take months, and his punishment may actually be complete by the time the case is heard.

Critics have pointed out that Steve Bannon was similarly convicted and sentenced to 4 months in prison, but the judge in his case decided to allow him to remain free pending his appeal. Bannon also refused to appear before the J6 committee after being subpoenaed.

Sam Mangel is Navarro’s prison transition consultant who was hired to help Navarro adapt to incarceration. Mangel said that the prison’s location next to a zoo results in inmates and visitors hearing lion roars regularly. He said that despite his stoic appearance, Navarro is nervous, as anyone would be, upon beginning a term of incarceration.

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