Former Trump White House official Peter Navarro speaks to reporters Friday, June 3, 2022, outside of federal court in Washington. Navarro was indicted Friday on contempt charges after defying a subpoena from the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
UPDATED 9:30 AM PT – Monday, June 6, 2022
Former President Donald Trump weighed-in on former economic advisor Peter Navarro’s recent indictment for not complying with subpoenas from the January 6 Committee.
Trump took to Truth Social on Monday to say Navarro was put in jail while the “lowlifes of Antifa and Black Lives Matter are allowed to rip off the public, kill people and destroy our once great cities.” He then asked when this double standard will end and added that the American people will not stand for it much longer.
Navarro maintains he has committed no wrongdoing and the January 6 Committee is engaging in a politically charged effort to target Trump. He is facing up to two-years behind bars if convicted on both contempt of Congress charges.
“What that kangaroo committee is doing right now is investigating for punitive purposes,” explained the former economic advisor. “They’re essentially acting as judge, jury and executioner. Their mission, their clear mission, is to prevent Donald John Trump from running for president in 2024 and being elected for president.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has declined to press charges against former Trump White House officials Mark Meadows and Dan Scavino despite contempt referrals from the January 6 Committee. That’s according to recent reports citing a letter from the US district attorney for Washington, D.C. to the House Select Committee’s counsel.
In the letter, the prosecutor said his office conducted a thorough investigation of contempt allegations brought forward by the panel. The Democrat-led panel pushed the Justice Department to charge both over their refusal to cooperate with subpoenas. Unlike Meadows and Scavino, the agency is pursuing contempt cases against Navarro and former White House’s chief strategist Steve Bannon.