For “contempt of Congress“.
This is what the Dems’ weaponized jackboots do to American citizens who won’t tow the autocratic party line.
Peter Navarro is the picture of a law-abiding American citizen. He’s a 72-year-old retired business school professor. He’s got a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. His most recent job was extremely white collar. He served as the White House trade adviser in the last presidential administration, famous for his tough stance on China.
He’s never been charged with a crime. He’s never trafficked fentanyl, for example, from Mexico. In fact, his hobby is yoga and riding his bicycle. In short, Peter Navarro does not seem like a criminal, much less a danger to this nation. And yet last Friday, federal agents arrested Peter Navarro at Reagan National Airport in Washington. They did not call his lawyer, as is customary in cases like this. They didn’t even come to his house, which, as it happens, is just feet from the FBI building, and they could have walked, but they didn’t.
Instead, 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.
Navarro resisted that subpoena because he had nothing to do with January 6, nothing whatsoever. That’s not disputed. Peter Navarro did not break into the Capitol. He didn’t encourage anyone else to break into the Capitol. He wasn’t even there that day. He had no idea it was going to happen. Again, that’s beyond dispute and Nancy Pelosi and Liz Cheney know that.
If you really wanted to figure out what happened on January 6, Peter Navarro would be the last person you would talk to. Instead, you’d be talking to Ray Epps and various FBI informants. But finding out what happened on January 6 and why is not the point of the exercise. The point of the exercise is preventing Donald Trump from running for president again. So, in the service of that goal, Pelosi and Liz Cheney demanded that Peter Navarro surrender records of his private conversations with his former boss, President Donald Trump, and when he refused to do that, Congress voted to hold him in contempt in a partisan vote and then Merrick Garland’s Justice Department filed criminal charges against Peter Navarro.
This is not the way civilized countries operate. Just because you control the White House and both houses of Congress, does not mean you get to throw your political opponents behind bars. That’s not what we do in America. That’s what they do in Haiti, but that’s what we’re doing now and Peter Navarro was not the first. Biden’s Justice Department also arrested former Trump adviser Steve Bannon for a similar fake crime. Steve Bannon is awaiting trial this summer.
……no punishment is too severe for those who disagree with the national news media.
……they really are your enemies. They’re not covering the news. They’re plotting ways to hurt you. That’s true. “Congressional subpoenas are not optional,” they lecture you, “Comply with them or go to jail.” That’s the message the lawyers on television are sending. So, let’s pretend for a moment that that was true, though it’s in fact, not true. If there was, in fact, a law like that for that law to be legitimate, it would have to be like all laws applied equally across the board and no less than the attorney general himself has said that again and again and again.
……It’s not justice unless it’s applied equally to all adult American citizens, period. Anything less than that is, by definition, not justice, but we’re getting much less than that and it’s very obvious.
Here’s just one example. Ten years ago this month, Congress voted overwhelmingly on a bipartisan vote, by the way, 17 Democrats to hold Eric Holder, then the attorney general, in criminal contempt of Congress. Holder had refused to turn over documents showing how the Obama administration had armed the Mexican drug cartels. Do you remember that? One of the firearms they sent to Mexico under the so-called “Fast and Furious” program was then used to murder a U.S. Border Patrol officer. It was a scandal at the time, in case you don’t recall.
……that was a legitimate scandal that implicated the entire U.S. government, people who actually have power, not the retirees sitting in jail because of what they did on January 6, but people with actual power, and Eric Holder was the very center of it, but Holder refused to comply with a subpoena from the Congress. Did the FBI arrest Eric Holder for that, please? It was never even seriously considered.
Holder asserted executive privilege, the right to have conversations with the executive, the president that are private. He cited the long-standing policy of respecting executive privilege and he got away with it. So, a week ago, Peter Navarro made this exact point. He sued the Justice Department, pushing back against the subpoena, four days before he was arrested and in that suit, Navarro cited policy written by the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel. That policy reads this way, “Since the 1970s, this office has consistently advised that the president and his immediate advisers are absolutely immune from testimonial compulsion by congressional committee on matters related to their official duties.”
In other words, if somebody asserts executive privilege, at the very least, Congress doesn’t get to arrest them. Before anyone is arrested, they have to go to a judge to rule on whether or not executive privilege is valid in this case and that’s exactly what happened in Eric Holder’s case. And by the way, the federal judge rejected Eric Holder’s executive privilege claim and still, he was not arrested. Why? You know why – ecause he’s a leading Democrat. But in Peter Navarro’s case, Merrick Garland’s DOJ did not even bother to ask a judge. They just arrested Peter Navarro at National Airport.
……What we’re seeing is a massive escalation in the use by the Democratic Party of our justice system for partisan revenge. That’s exactly what that was. Peter Navarro wouldn’t shut up, so they threw him in handcuffs and in fact, at the same moment Peter Navarro was thrown in jail for asserting executive privilege, a Clinton lawyer called Michael Sussman was acquitted by a jury seated by an Obama-appointed judge. Three of the jurors in that case gave money to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and not surprisingly, those same jurors declined to punish Michael Sussmann for lying to the FBI to advance the Russia collusion myth that helped Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Following all of this?
How did those jurors get on the jury? How did they stay there?
Now, the FBI pretended to be outraged by the fact that Michael Sussman had lied to them, but then we learned actually the FBI was working with Michael Sussman and his law firm, Perkins Coie. Perkins Coie had an FBI workspace in its offices in Washington for a decade and Michael Sussman was so close to the FBI, he had a key card to FBI headquarters.
We know this from a recently released text exchange. We’re quoting. “Do you have a badge or do you need help getting into the building?” the FBI’s general counsel, James Baker asked Sussmann.
We’re quoting now, “I have a badge,” Sussmann replied. Sussmann had a badge to the FBI building? How do we get one of those? Oh, we’re not leading Democratic lawyers, so we can’t have them. Michael Sussmann knew he’d never be punished. Take three steps back. What’s going on here? In a fantastic piece at The Federalist, Ben Weingarten explained how we should understand these two prosecutions, “They send an unmistakable message: We can get you any time, anywhere, on any grounds we choose. You can’t touch even a single one of ours.”
……Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, Peter Strzok —all of them lied to the feds as well. That’s a crime. None of them were ever hauled off in leg irons. In fact, they’re now at CNN, MSNBC and Georgetown, respectively. They were rewarded with better jobs for what they did… they always are.
Jim Clapper and John Brennan committed perjury on television before Congress. There’s no dispute about that. What do they do? Oh, they’re on TV now, too. Hunter Biden lied on a federal gun form. That’s a felony. How was he punished? Oh, a mild probing on CBS that he just shrugged off as if it were nothing.
Every major crime committed by Dem politicians and their pals is ignored or downplayed by the MSM and the guilty parties are never convicted. There’s a two tiered system of justice in this country. One for Dems, one for everyone else.
The Dems have turned the government into a machine that rivals the Stasi. Look what the Dems have done to people who protest the corrupt status quo and refuse to obey the regime. The FBI thugs just raided the home of gubernatorial Candidate Ryan Kelley for standing outside the capitol on January 6. Kelly is one of the few remaining Republicans running for Governor of Michigan against tyrannical Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Biden appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and bragged about his threats against political opponents:
Following Joe Biden seemingly calling for the imprisonment of political opponents who don’t follow his rules, the FBI raided the home of GOP gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley Thursday and then arrested him.
“Look, I often get asked, well the Republicans don’t play it square. Why do you play it square? Well, guess, what? Well, if we do the same thing they do, our democracy will literally be in jeopardy.” Biden told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday.
“It’s like you’re playing Monopoly with somebody who won’t pass go or won’t follow any of the rules, and how do you ever make any progress if they’re not following the rules?” Kimmel disingenuously asked.
“You’ve got to send them to jail,” Biden shockingly stated.
Dems play by their own rules and persecute anyone who won’t go along. The “rules” are do as we say and you won’t be dragged off to jail.
But the American people are stupid and apathetic and the GOP lacks the balls.