Matt Gaetz Cries Foul After Federal Bureau of Prisons Denies His Request to Interview Former Trump Advisor Peter Navarro

In a speech on the House floor Monday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) accused the Biden regime of holding Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro as a political prisoner, denying him access to his lawyer and refusing to allow anyone to interview him.

Navarro, 74, began serving a four month prison sentence on March 19 after a jury found him guilty of failing to respond to congressional subpoenas for documents and testimony in the U.S. House’s partisan investigation into the events at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Gaetz said that after five weeks of trying, he was directly informed by Colette S. Peters, Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, that his request to interview Navarro would be denied because the prisoner is “too notorious” to be interviewed by a member of Congress.

“John Gotti was interviewed when he was in prison,” Gaetz noted. “The QAnon Shaman was interviewed in prison. Director Peters HERSELF brought NBC News THROUGH PRISONS to showcase the work of corrections that’s being done!” he exclaimed.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last September, Peters was harangued by both Republican and Democrat Senators over her lack of transparency and inability to answer even the most basic questions about operations.

The agency’s alleged lack of transparency appears to have continued unabated since last fall.

“I think there’s something else afoot here” Gaetz said. “Mr. Navarro, I’m being told is not allowed to access his attorney.”

Gaetz said the actions of the Federal Bureau of Prisons vindicates Navarro’s claim that he is being held as a political prisoner.

“It is shameful what is being done to Peter Navarro based on a sham January 6 Committee and a sham indictment and a sham conviction that we ought to work to remediate immediately upon President Trump’s rightful and righteous return to office,” Gaetz declared.


Jeff Clark, former U.S. assistant attorney general, civil division, and senior fellow at the Center for Renewing America, also claimed on X that Navarro is a political prisoner.

“He shouldn’t be being treated like this for a misdemeanor,” Clark wrote.

Clark himself is facing sanctions including disbarment for his actions following the rigged 2020 election.

After Navarro reported to jail back in March, former President Trump was asked to share his thoughts on his incarceration. Trump called his former advisor a “great patriot” who did an excellent job negotiating trade with China.

“He’s a good man. He was treated very unfairly,” Trump said. “The Biden administration treated him very, very badly. It’s a shame, but that’s the way it is.”

Late last month, the Supreme Court shot down Navarro’s second request to avoid prison time over his contempt of Congress conviction while he challenged his conviction at the federal appeals court in Washington, DC.

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: MIAMI, FLORIDA - MARCH 19: Former Donald Trump adviser Peter Navarro holds a press conference before turning himself in to a federal prison on March 19, 2024, in Miami, Florida. Mr. Navarro, who was convicted of contempt of Congress last year, surrendered at a federal Bureau of Prisons facility to begin serving his four-month sentence after speaking to the media. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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