Democrats are pushing their weaponization of the justice system to new extremes.
They have a new target they’re trying to put behind bars.
Joe Biden just announced plans to put this top Trump ally in prison.
The Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is recommending Peter Navarro, a former White House economic adviser to former President Donald Trump, be sentenced to six months in prison and pay $200,000 in fines for failing to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6th Committee.
Navarro was convicted by a Washington, DC, jury on two counts of criminal contempt back in September.
“Peter Navarro made a choice. He chose not to comply with the congressional subpoena. Our government only works when people play by the rules,” federal prosecutors told jurors.
The prosecutors went on to claim in their sentencing memo that Navarro “exacerbated” the “assault” by not complying with the subpoena, saying his “bad-faith strategy of defiance and contempt deserves severe punishment.”
“[T]he Defendant, like the rioters at the Capitol, put politics, not country, first, and stonewalled Congress’s investigation,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Aloi wrote in the memo. “The Defendant chose allegiance to former President Donald Trump over the rule of law even after being apprised that executive privilege would not excuse his default.”
The sentencing memo also highlighted that six months is the highest amount of jailtime that can be sentenced for contempt of Congress.
“Respect for the rule of law is essential to the functioning of the United States government and to preserving the freedom and good order this country has enjoyed for more than two centuries,” the memo continues. “This Court should impose a sentence of six months’ imprisonment, reflecting the most severe Guidelines-compliant punishment available, and fine the Defendant $200,000.”
Navarro has cited executive privilege in his defense for declining to participate in the Jan. 6th Committee probe.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said Navarro didn’t have sufficient evidence to prove Trump had invoked executive privilege.
On Tuesday, Mehta also denied Navarro’s request for a new trial after he alleged that demonstrators outside the courthouse had influenced the jury.
“Navarro argued that the jury that found him guilty of contempt of Congress may have been influenced by protesters outside the courthouse when the jurors exited the building for a break before returning a verdict,” ABC News reported.
Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was also convicted and sentenced to four months behind bars, although he is free pending appeal.
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