Peter Navarro Wises Up, Legal professionals Up, Shuts Up

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Former Trump Advisor Peter Navarro Indicted For Contempt Of Congress

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Peter Navarro had a standard morning in courtroom.

In some other context, this may be a “man bites canine” story. However Navarro’s latest judicial observe document is so hilariously batshit that it bears mentioning when he manages to indicate up earlier than a tribunal and never chew the furnishings.

After defying subpoenas from each Congress and a federal grand jury, Trump’s anti-China econ loon filed a professional se civil go well with in opposition to Nancy Pelosi and the US Legal professional in DC. It’s not clear what he thought would occur subsequent, however shortly thereafter he received picked up by the FBI and located himself on the sharp finish of a legal contempt indictment.

Navarro proceeded to accuse the FBI of treating him “worse than al Qaeda”; demanded intensive discovery after accusing the FBI of illegally reciting his Miranda warning from reminiscence somewhat than studying it off a card; claimed to have a lawyer identified to the federal government whereas concurrently accusing the federal government of benefiting from his professional se standing; and requested that his legal trial be postponed till the conclusion of his civil case.

All of which was achieved by more and more peevish emails to US District Decide Amit Mehta’s courtroom deputy, on which he solely bothered to CC prosecutors after a stern warning from the courtroom about ex parte communications.

Sadly, we’re unlikely to see any extra messages like this one, although, since “Peter Navarro, Professional se actively searching for counsel” is no extra.

As of final evening, Navarro lastly retained counsel and might be represented by white collar protection lawyer John Rowley and environmental lawyer John Irving, each of whom are former federal prosecutors.

Their first motion was to dismiss the civil case in opposition to Pelosi with out prejudice. Thus far, so regular! And certainly the arraignment was devoid of the antics that Navarro has engaged so far, with the derp-endant pleading “not responsible” to each expenses with out prolonged fanfare.

Rowley mildly said that they’d withdrawn the civil go well with due to a deadline difficulty (not as a result of it was grade-A wackassery), and Decide Mehta responded that they may in all probability hash out a lot of the points relating to the legitimacy of the January 6 Choose Committee in his personal courtroom.

Navarro’s counsel did point out Steve Bannon’s case, although he failed to notice that Decide Carl J. Nichols already dominated in opposition to Bannon, refusing to entertain the argument that the committee is illegally constituted, that its subpoenas are invalid, and that it has no respectable legislative goal. And Decide Timothy Kelly discovered no completely different when the RNC tried to evade the committee’s subpoena, though disclosure is blocked pending enchantment. But when Kelly and Nichols, each of whom have been appointed by Trump, weren’t receptive to this argument, it appears in contrast toly that Navarro’s going to get a unique consequence from Decide Mehta, an Obama appointee.

The listening to was not with out hilarity, nevertheless, with Navarro’s attorneys arguing that their shopper can’t probably be tried throughout 2022 since he’ll be out on e-book tour selling his latest quantum opus. Which is … a brand new one. This e-book, like his prior one, covers his time within the Trump administration, a subject he insists he can not testify on due to government privilege.

Decide Mehta chuckled barely on the request to postpone the prosecution so Navarro can flog his e-book, noting that “the very fact sample isn’t that tough right here,” and insisting that they should go to trial throughout this calendar 12 months. Though his docket is groaning beneath the load of January 6 defendants, significantly the Oath Keeper militiamen charged with sedition, he set the case for trial in November.

Navarro was notably extra restrained within the media scrum exterior the White Home.

Which might be good for the administration of justice, even when it’s manner much less enjoyable for authorized bloggers to cowl.

US v. Navarro [Docket via Court Listener]


Liz Dye lives in Baltimore the place she writes about regulation and politics.



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