Judge rejects ex-Trump aide Navarro’s selective prosecution claim

Judge Rejects Ex-Trump Aide Navarro’s Selective Prosecution Claim - Hnfro7Rjm4I63Kik7Tsacxp4R4

A federal judge on Monday rejected former Trump White House trade adviser Peter Navarro’s claim that he is the victim of a Biden administration political vendetta, denying his request to probe why he has been charged with criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Navarro asserted that he was selectively prosecuted compared to two other former high ranking Trump White House aides against whom the Justice Department declined to bring charges — chief of staff Mark Meadows and deputy chief Dan Scavino. But U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta found that Navarro failed to make a plausible legal claim.

“These are valid differences between Meadows, Scavino, and Defendant that could have led to their different treatment,” Mehta ruled in a 16-page opinion that found Navarro “failed to meet his heavy burden” as part of his request to seek records from the government that he…

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This article was written by Spencer S. Hsu and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com