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Trump’s Former Advisor, Peter Navarro’s New Bid To Get-Out-Of-Jail Rejected By Supreme Court

Donald Trump’s former trade advisor, Peter Navarro, appealed for the second time in six weeks to be released from his four-month sentence based on refusing to comply with a subpoena by the House Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. However, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal on Monday. Navarro, 74, is currently serving prison time in Miami.

Peter Navarro, the former director of the White House Trade Council, is embroiled in a legal battle. He was indicted for refusing to comply with a subpoena by the House Select Committee investigating the violence of the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. He is charged with two counts of contempt of Congress and has been steadfastly fighting to prove his innocence. 

He first submitted an appeal on March 15, 2024, claiming that the doctrine of executive privilege forced him to “not attend” the subpoena. According to the doctrine mentioned above, the President, as well as his executive branch, can withhold from sharing information compulsory for legislative procedures. Justice John Roberts declined the appeal on March 18, and the verdict of the High Court remained similar to that of lower courts. 

Navarro's legal fight took a new turn on March 19 when he reported to the federal prison in Miami. After serving only 15 days of his four-month sentence, his defense attorney renewed the bid and appealed to the Supreme Court to release him from prison. This time, the appeal was directed to Justice Neil Gorsuch, as Navarro maintained his stance of not pleading guilty.

Navarro’s legal team said that the next briefing for the former White House executive has been set for July after the defendant's full sentence is completed.

However, the Supreme Court disagreed with Navarro’s claims of using the “executive shield” as Trump himself didn’t grant him one. The verdict states, “,” I see no basis to disagree with the determination that Navarro forfeited those arguments in the release proceeding, which is distinct from his pending appeal on the merits.”

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