Peter Navarro experienced a normal morning in courtroom.
In any other context, this would be a “man bites dog” tale. But Navarro’s current judicial keep track of file is so hilariously batshit that it bears mentioning when he manages to display up prior to a tribunal and not chew the home furniture.
Just after defying subpoenas from each Congress and a federal grand jury, Trump’s anti-China econ loon filed a professional se civil accommodate from Nancy Pelosi and the US Lawyer in DC. It is not very clear what he imagined would come about next, but shortly thereafter he got picked up by the FBI and located himself on the pointy conclusion of a criminal contempt indictment.
Navarro proceeded to accuse the FBI of dealing with him “worse than al Qaeda” demanded intensive discovery just after accusing the FBI of illegally reciting his Miranda warning from memory instead than looking at it off a card claimed to have a law firm regarded to the govt whilst at the same time accusing the govt of having benefit of his professional se standing and asked for that his legal trial be postponed till the conclusion of his civil situation.
All of which was completed by increasingly peevish emails to US District Decide Amit Mehta’s courtroom deputy, on which he only bothered to CC prosecutors right after a stern warning from the court docket about ex parte communications.
Regrettably, we are unlikely to see any a lot more messages like this just one, even though, because “Peter Navarro, Pro se actively trying to find counsel” is no additional.
As of previous night time, Navarro lastly retained counsel and will be represented by white collar defense attorney John Rowley and environmental lawyer John Irving, equally of whom are former federal prosecutors.
Their to start with motion was to dismiss the civil situation from Pelosi with out prejudice. So considerably, so ordinary! And indeed the arraignment was devoid of the antics that Navarro has engaged so considerably, with the derp-endant pleading “not guilty” to equally prices with no extended fanfare.
Rowley mildly mentioned that they’d withdrawn the civil match simply because of a deadline situation (not mainly because it was grade-A wackassery), and Judge Mehta responded that they could almost certainly hash out most of the problems regarding the legitimacy of the January 6 Decide on Committee in his possess courtroom.
Navarro’s counsel did mention Steve Bannon’s case, nevertheless he failed to take note that Decide Carl J. Nichols by now dominated towards Bannon, refusing to entertain the argument that the committee is illegally constituted, that its subpoenas are invalid, and that it has no reputable legislative intent. And Judge Timothy Kelly found no various when the RNC experimented with to evade the committee’s subpoena, even though disclosure is blocked pending attraction. But if Kelly and Nichols, equally of whom ended up appointed by Trump, weren’t receptive to this argument, it would seem compared withly that Navarro’s heading to get a distinct result from Judge Mehta, an Obama appointee.
The listening to was not devoid of hilarity, even so, with Navarro’s attorneys arguing that their consumer can’t quite possibly be tried using for the duration of 2022 due to the fact he’ll be out on book tour marketing his newest quantum opus. Which is … a new one. This ebook, like his prior a person, covers his time in the Trump administration, a topic he insists he can’t testify on since of govt privilege.
Judge Mehta chuckled a little at the ask for to postpone the prosecution so Navarro can flog his book, noting that “the truth pattern isn’t that difficult listed here,” and insisting that they need to go to demo all through this calendar yr. Though his docket is groaning less than the excess weight of January 6 defendants, especially the Oath Keeper militiamen billed with sedition, he set the circumstance for trial in November.
Navarro was notably much more restrained in the media scrum outside the house the White Residence.
Which is probably very good for the administration of justice, even if it is way much less enjoyment for authorized bloggers to include.
US v. Navarro [Docket via Court Listener]
Liz Dye lives in Baltimore wherever she writes about regulation and politics.