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House Judiciary GOP Demand Testimony From BOP Director After Matt Gaetz Blocked From Speaking To ‘Political Prisoner’ Peter Navarro

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are demanding answers from the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) after she refused to allow a member of Congress to interview former Trump White House advisor Peter Navarro, who is currently in federal custody in Miami, Florida.

On Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) sent a letter to BOP Director Colette Peters, calling on her to explain to Congress why she denied Gaetz’s request to interview Navarro in prison.

In a speech on the House floor Monday, Gaetz revealed that Peters had informed him that Navarro couldn’t be interviewed by a member of Congress because he is “too notorious.”

“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!”

Gaetz said the Biden regime’s treatment of Navarro seemed to vindicate the former advisor’s contention that he is being held as a political prisoner.

The lawmakers said in their letter that BOP’s refusal to allow a member of Congress to speak with Navarro, along with “allegations of disparate treatment” of other inmates in BOP custody,  such as Jason Galanis, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, and a witness in the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry, indeed raised serious concerns about the politicization of the agency.

“On May 6, 2024, a member of the Committee informed the House of Representatives that you denied his request to meet with Peter Navarro, who is currently in federal custody,” the lawmakers wrote. “You allegedly denied this request because Dr. Navarro was ‘too notorious’ to meet with a Member of Congress, and Dr. Navarro has also allegedly been notified that he is not permitted to meet with his attorney. Your refusal to allow a Member of Congress to meet with Dr. Navarro—in addition to BOP’s efforts to prevent Mr. Galanis from speaking to Congress—raise serious questions about the politicization of BOP.”

They called for Peters to testify at a hearing before the Subcommittee on Crime and Federal Government Surveillance on June 13, 2024.

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.

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the conviction of Navarro’s colleague, former Trump White House adviser Steven Bannon, for contempt of Congress, paving the way for the 70-year-old to begin serving a four-month prison sentence.

Bannon could request that the Supreme Court consider an appeal of Friday’s ruling, but the likelihood of a favorable ruling appears slim.

Last Month, SCOTUS denied Navarro’s request to stay out of prison 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 walks away after holding 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)