Former President Donald Trump has condemned the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) indictment of his former adviser Peter Navarro and asks why the “lowlifes” of Black Lives Matter and Antifa were not held to the same account.
The DOJ recently indicted Navarro for contempt of Congress after he refused to comply with a congressional subpoena from the select committee investigating the January 6 riot. Navarro was arrested on the morning of June 3, as he was boarding a plane to Nashville.
Trump posted his message on Truth Social, the social media platform he started after Twitter banned him.
“Our great trade genius, Professor Peter Navarro, was just handcuffed, shackled, and put in jail, while the lowlifes of ANTIFA & BLM are allowed to rip off the public, roam free on the streets, kill people, and destroy our once-great cities (all run by Democrats),” the former president said.
Navarro had complained that his arrest amounted to prosecutorial misconduct because he was handcuffed and placed in a jail cell.
“Who are these people? This is not America. I was a distinguished civil servant for four years. No one questioned my ethics”, Navarro said on Friday after his arrest and rough treatment.
Trump echoed those sentiments in his remarks the following Monday.
“When will this end? The American people will not stand for it much longer!” he said. “The American people will not stand for it much longer! Great patriotic heroes are being created every day. FAIRNESS AND JUSTICE must rule the day!”
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson agrees, saying on his most recent broadcast following Navarro’s arrest that the left is “using the judicial system for political revenge.”
“…they took down Peter Navarro in public, as you would a fugitive terror mastermind so everyone could see it and learn the lesson they were sending. They handcuffed Peter Navarro. They put him in leg irons, and then they threw him in a cell. He’s now facing years in prison. So, what did Peter Navarro do to deserve treatment like this? Well, he resisted a subpoena from the January 6 committee. The January 6 committee is Washington’s latest partisan inquisition. It’s run by Nancy Pelosi with help from obedient little quislings like Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger,” Carlson said.
The select committee had previously issued a subpoena to Navarro that commanded him to turn over documents and to appear before the panel on 23 February. The former adviser refused, claiming executive privilege, which protects communications between presidents and their advisers.
Specifically, the committee wanted to ask him about his plan to delay the certification of the 2020 presidential election results, which he called “the Green Bay Sweep.”
Navarro has called the Jan. 6 committee illegitimate and is suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the committee’s activity. In an interview with Fox News, he called any possible prosecution of him “domestic terrorism.”