Senior Trump White House advisor Peter Navarro has been charged with contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with the Jan. 6th panel’s orders.
According to The New Conservative Post:
This is a marked change of heart from Democrats. Less than a decade ago, many of the same members opposed similar charges against Lois Lerner, the disgraced former director of exempt organizations at the IRS who likely targeted the Tea Party during the Obama years. Though, perhaps, it does remain consistent with their belief that they should wield the power of the federal bureaucracy, whether the IRS, FBI, or even the Espionage Act, to attack political opponents and keep the media in line.
Navarro was charged with what amounts to a misdemeanor process crime for failing to appear for a deposition or hand over record to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6th Capitol riot.
In 2017, Politico described Navarro as “the most extreme advocate in Washington, and maybe in all of economics, for an aggressive stance toward China, America’s largest trading partner. He has also served as a kind of one-man brain trust for Trump — the only academic who helped craft the Republican presidential candidate’s economic platform. With two graduate degrees from Harvard University, more than a dozen books, and a tenured professorship at the University of California at Irvine, he has unusually deep intellectual credentials in a White House heavily reliant on policy outsiders.”
Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer compared Navarro’s arrest, which involved being placed in shackles by the FBI, with a jury stacked with Democrats finding Clinton Lawyer Michael Sussmann innocent of corruption charges. He wrote, “Peter Navarro in handcuffs and Michael Sussmann off scot-free. Tell me more about that ‘neutral rule of law.’”
Editor at Large of The Spectator and Fox News contributor Ben Domenech summed up best why so many Americans find our national politics corrupt, despicable, and obsessed with using power to destroy anyone who challenges the status quo of federal authority. “Peter Navarro was charged with contempt of Congress by a monopartisan Committee. He got shackles. Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress by a bipartisan vote of 255-67. He went out to dinner that night. And DC wonders why people believe in the Swamp.”
While Holder and Lerner walked away with reputations (somewhat) intact don’t hold your breath for Navarro to meet the same fate.