A federal judge has rejected Dr. Peter Navarro’s plea to avoid prison during his appeal, stating that he must report to prison unless the DC Circuit Court of Appeals intervenes.
Judge Amit Mehta dismissed Navarro’s claim of political bias, emphasizing that it doesn’t raise any substantial questions. Navarro, a former Trump advisor, was convicted in September of criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena in the January 6 investigation led by Liz Cheney.
Despite Navarro’s assertion of executive privilege following Trump’s guidance, the jury convicted him on two counts, resulting in a four-month prison sentence and a $9,500 fine. Navarro expressed disappointment, stating, “I am disappointed with a process where a jury convicted me, and I was unable to provide a defense, one of the most important elements of our justice system.”
Judge Mehta had prohibited Navarro from using the executive privilege argument, accusing him of ‘hiding behind executive privilege claims.’ Navarro claimed mistreatment by the DOJ, mentioning being put in leg irons and a cell last year.
This case highlights concerns about a two-tiered justice system, with disparities in the treatment of Trump and his associates. In contrast, Hunter Biden defied Congress, avoided a deposition, openly mocked Republican lawmakers, and remains free.