04-29-2024, 5:50 PM

The Supreme Court turns down Peter Navarro's second attempt to get out of jail

On Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed former President Donald Trump's top trade adviser in the White House, Peter Navarro's request to be released from prison as he appeals his contempt of Congress conviction.

Navarro, the former top trade adviser to ex-President Donald Trump, aged 74, has been serving his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institute in Miami, residing in an 80-person dormitory designated for older inmates.

Navarro faced charges and was convicted of two counts of criminal contempt of Congress last year for defying a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Washington federal district judge sentenced Navarro to four months in prison and a $9,500 fine. The former White House official challenged his conviction and the judge's sentence enforcing decision.

When Navarro ignored the subpoena, he claimed executive privilege, but the judge found no proof of it. As Navarro is unlikely to obtain a new trial or overturn his conviction, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied his request to defer his sentencing.

He must file his final D.C. Circuit appeal by July 18, after serving his sentence.

The first former White House official convicted of contempt of Congress is Navarro, but other Trump administration members have already been convicted. Ex-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison for two contempt of Congress counts. Bannon appealed, so the judge stayed his sentence.

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